University Research Solicitation and Funding
Schedule and Information
UPDATE: MnDOT is currently soliciting new research ideas for CY2020/FY2021 funding consideration. The deadline to submit your idea is May 3.
The information below contains information on our university research solicitation and funding cycle. The documents are relevant to university contracts, consultant contracts, project management and publication of research reports.
Calendar year view of the annual research cycle (.pdf)
Text only version of annual research cycle (.pdf)
Step 1: Submit Idea and Need Statement
Ideas due: May 3, 2019
Please use the Ideascale link to submit a research project idea to the Research & Innovation office.
All the ideas will be collated and reviewed by the Transportation Research Innovation Group (TRIG) and the Local Road Research Board (LRRB). The ideas that best meet MnDOT and local transportation research priorities will be used to create need statements for FY2017 funding.
The Research & Innovation office will work with the authors of the ideas to complete a Need Statement Form with a MnDOT, county or city champion.
For questions, contact Hafiz Munir at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-366-3757.
Step 2: Prioritize Ideas
TRIG: May 21, 2019
LRRB: June 20, 2019
Members of the TRIG and Local Road Research Board (LRRB) prioritize the need statements before they are released for proposals.
Step 3: Develop Proposals
Proposals are developed from the prioritized needs that included how the need will be solved, including tasks, costs, deliverables, and schedule.
Step 4: Proposal Review
LRRB screening: Oct. 16, 2019
TRIG screening: Oct. 29, 2019
The TRIG reviews the state proposals and the LRRB reviews the local proposals to help aid selection. Multiple proposals will be reviewed using the criteria in the Multiple Proposal Review Form. TRIG and LRRB will select proposals for presentation on the dates listed above.
Step 5: Selection
TRIG meeting: Dec. 4 - 5, 2019
LRRB meeting: Dec. 11 - 12, 2019
The TRIG and the LRRB hold separate meetings to select projects for funding. Funding awards are announced in late December. Note that the LRRB can also fund projects off-cycle as needed.
Step 6: Technical Advisory Panels
Technical Advisory Panels (TAPs) are developed to guide each contract. Learn more about TAPs and TAP member roles by viewing the guidelines.
Step 7: Contracting
Contracts in place by July 1, 2020
Contracting is done to start the research/implementation effort using the MnDOT/LRRB workplan. Both the University of Minnesota contract document and the Materials Lab PI Work Plan are located here as well. Use the TPF form to establish pooled-fund studies.
Step 8: Deliverables
Each task has a deliverable that must be approved by the Technical Liaison before payment can be made for the task.
Send interim deliverables to your Technical Liaison and Project Coordinator.
Send your initial draft final report to your Project Coordinator by the draft deliverable due date (using the templates below) and copy your Technical Liaison. Upon TAP approval of the draft final report, a brief editorial review will be conducted by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies.
Review the following publishing guidelines before drafting your final report, and use the MS Word templates provided.
For questions, contact Sandy McCully at email@example.com or 651-366-3768 or Beth Andrews, University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-1745.
Step 9: Amendments
Contract amendments are sometimes necessary to ensure that a project is completed successfully.
Step 10: Closeout
Contract closeout includes collecting performance measures, as well as interpretation, implementation, marketing, outreach, education, technology transfer, additional projects/phases, etc.