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Research Implementation Program

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Research Implementation Program

What is research implementation?

Research implementation projects save MnDOT time, money or resources by helping put new ideas and technology into practice. They might solve a long-time problem or improve how the agency does business. 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.

How to Apply

MnDOT employees may submit a research implementation project idea at any time. Contact Kerrie Workman at kerrie.workman@state.mn.us or 612-616-2074 to submit or discuss your idea.

Research Implementation Project Requirements

Project criteria:

  • All project applications must be submitted by a MnDOT employee
  • Projects must demonstrate, test, or advance national, state, or local research findings or test a new practice, equipment, or process
  • Must include a publishable final report
  • May include knowledge sharing such as training, webinars, lectures, or training videos
  • Must include a management-level champion
  • See the MnDOT Implementation Project Guidelines and Process (PDF) and application form for additional information

Active Research Implementation Projects

National Cooperative Highway Research Program Implementation Funding

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) offers funding for MnDOT to field test NCHRP research findings. See program requirements (PDF) and application form (DOC) for further details.