MassDOT Research Roundtables & FY2022 Research Problem Statement Solicitation

03/22/2021
MassDOT and the UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) are hosting four upcoming Research Roundtables to bring together MassDOT and MBTA personnel, and academic researchers, to discuss how research ideas and interests, and how research innovation can help with MassDOT’s mission and strategic goals.  Registration is required to attend any of the roundtable sessions.  The dates and main topics for each are listed below.  

Research Roundtable Flyer (click here for a pdf copy of the flyer)
 
The roundtables aim to help advance ideas for MassDOT’s current solicitation for Research Problem Statements for FY2022.  The solicitation period ends on May 24, 2021. 

Lily Oliver, PhD, Manager or Research at MassDOT, provides an overview of MassDOT's process for soliciting and selecting research projects in a recorded presentation (20 minutes) that can be accessed here: link to Dr. Oliver's presentation.

Research Roundtable Sessions:
APRIL 5, 2021, 10:00-11:30AM. Topics: Roadway Engineering, Safety, & Maintenance 
APRIL 7, 2021,  10:00-11:30AM. Topics: Engineering, Design, & Asset Management
APRIL 13, 2021,  2:00-3:30PM. Topics: Active Transportation, Mobility, Health, Safety, & Policy
APRIL 15, 2021, 2:00-3:30PM. Topics: Construction, Materials, and Maintenance

Registration is required to attend the roundtables.  Please RSVP to Kassie Rounds, UMTC (krounds@umass.edu), or Drew Pflaumer,MassDOT(drew.pflaumer@state.ma.us), at least 3 days prior to the session you'd like to attend. 

Research Problem Statement Submission:
Each Research Problem Statement must be submitted by a MassDOT or MBTA staff person who will serve as Project Champion (PC) if the proposed project receives funding.  Researchers can assist with developing the problem statements. The submitted topics should be related to surface transportation or intermodal transportation.
Below are links to the submission form and instructions:

FY2022 Research Problem Statement Submission Form (fillable pdf) 
FY2022 Research Problem Statement Form Instructions (pdf)

Research Problem Statements must be submitted by Monday, Mary 24th.

Researchers can contact the UMTC (umtc-research@umass.edu) with any questions.