Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Research & Innovation

We put your ideas in motion

What we do

Featured news

Cross-section diagram of pervious pavement.

Pervious Concrete Pavement Reduces Runoff into Shoreview Lake

The MnDOT Office of Research & Innovation administers research projects for MnDOT and theĀ Local Road Research Board.

Our staff helps to identify the innovation needs of transportation practitioners and shepherds their research projects from the idea stage all the way to implementation.

Check out the Research Strategic Planning and Priorities that guide our work. According to a survey, 78 percent of recently completed research has impacted how MnDOT serves Minnesotans (2015-2018 Research Program Outcomes Survey).

Learn more about our products and services on our About page and also in our annual At-A-Glance.

Looking for something specific?

Explore our research

Reports and Technical Summaries

Detailed findings of a wide range of transportation-related research projects.

Transportation Research Syntheses

Literature review that synthesizes technical and/or policy information on a specific research topic.

Research Implementation

The MnDOT Research Implementation Program offers the opportunity to pilot test new equipment, technology, or research that can set the stage for future full development.

Accelerator newsletter

Bringing you the latest news about research and innovation at MnDOT.


A quick-reference guide to our research program.