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Research & Innovation

We put your ideas in motion

Finding transportation solutions

In a rapidly changing world, research and innovation enables MnDOT to continuously improve how it designs and delivers infrastructure, how it operates the system, and how it responds to problems and issues as they arise. This work helps MnDOT understand what Minnesotans need and expect from their transportation system and the effects of this system on the economy and the environment.

Check out our 2020 Annual Report (PDF) to see how we're making a difference.

Research updates

Academic Research Solicitation RFP Now Open

07/30/2021 - Need statements for the 2021 Academic Research Solicitation are now available.

Recording Available: Winter Research Lightning Talks Webinar

03/01/2021 - A recording of the Office of Research & Innovation and Office of Maintenance's "Winter Research Lightning Talks" is now available on YouTube.

MnDOT, LRRB Announce Research RFP Funding Awards

12/21/2021 - The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota Local Road Research Board have made funding selections for the annual transportation academic research RFP.

COVID-19 Research Funding Awards

07/29/20 - MnDOT has announced its selection of COVID-19 research projects. The special research solicitation addresses impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota's transportation system.