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About the MnDOT Research Steering Committee

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What is the Research Steering Committee?

TRIG members at a meeting in December 2012

The Research Steering Committee (previously the Transportation Research and Innovation Group or TRIG) is the governing board for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) State Research Program. The committee is composed of 14 voting members, 2 non-voting members, and MnDOT Research & Innovation support staff. Voting members represent 10 specialty offices and 4 districts within Minnesota.

Committee members work to ensure research conducted throughout the agency supports MnDOT's Research Strategic Planning and Priorities.

Orientation Guide for Committee Members (PDF, 1.6 MB, 53 pages)

Roles and Responsibilities

Committee members are responsible for actively participating in and supporting MnDOT's state and federal research programs. Through organization, direct researcher and practitioner collaboration, and information sharing, the committee directly affects the efficacy of transportation research in Minnesota.

The committee meets four times per year to review and select new research proposals and implementation proposals. Future and past research is highlighted for review, and is prepared for future meetings. Committee members follow important key steps to ensure that research, from proposal to implementation, is conducted with full support between researchers and the state and federal bodies.


Committee members help allocate some of the $10 million that MnDOT administers to transportation research annually. Funding sources include:

  • Federal Highway Administration State Planning and Research (SP&R) funds
  • MnDOT's State Research Program (SRP)
  • Cost-share with the Local Road Research Board (LRRB)
  • Various other sources

Research is conducted to address transportation issues within multiple disciplines and topic areas including: Materials and Construction; Planning and Policy; Traffic and Safety; Environmental; Maintenance Operations; Bridges and Structures, and Multimodal. Funding allocations to these topic areas varies from year to year, depending on state, national, and local needs and priorities.