MassDOT Process for Soliciting and Selecting Research Projects

MassDOT uses a multi-step process for soliciting and selecting research projects for funding. 

For MassDOT's 2020 Research Project selection cycle, MassDOT has now selected Principal Investigators (PIs) for all the proposed projects. 

For selected project PIs the next step is preparing a Scope of Work for the project. 
Here's a recent presentation from MassDOT's Scope of Work Presentation Workshop for Project Champions (PCs) and PIs.


2021 Research Project selection cycle:  please check back on this page in the spring of 2021, for updates and details on MassDOT's process for soliciting and selecting research projects for 2021. 

Research Problem Statement Solicitation    COMPLETED FOR 2020

During this stage, Research Problem Statements are submitted for potential funding.  Each Research Problem Statement is submitted by a MassDOT staff person who will serve as Project Champion (PC). 

During the weeks of May 13 and May 20, 2019, MassDOT and UMTC hosted four research roundtables to bring state transportation practitioners and academic researchers together to discuss how research and innovations can advance MassDOT’s mission and strategic goals. These discussions took place in the District 2 Offices (Northampton), MassDOT Offices (Boston), and MassDOT Research and Materials Lab (Hopkinton).  The roundtables aimed to help advance ideas for MassDOT’s 2020 solicitation period for research problem statements, which ended on June 7, 2019.

Selection of Projects Being Proposed for Research Funding  - COMPLETED

During this stage, MassDOT reviews the submitted Research Problem Statements and selects which ones will be advanced for potential funding.  A list of the proposed research project statements for 2020 is provided below. You can click on the listed projects for more information on what the studies will entail. 

Submission of Research Project Interest Statements by Researchers

During this stage, MassDOT seeks qualified researchers to conduct studies on the topics that are proposed for research funding.  These topics are listed below.  

MassDOT 2020 Research Project Statements

Research Project Statements can be viewed by clicking on the project titles listed below.    The submission periods for PI (Principal Investigator) Interest Statements for these projects ended in September 2019.  MassDOT has now selected PIs for almost all the proposed projects.  These projects are expected to take one to two years each.  

2020 Research Projects with PIs Selected

Post-Fire Damage Inspection of Concrete Structures

A Method for Pavement Marking Inventory and Retroreflectivity Condition Assessment Using Mobile LiDAR  

Future of the Commonwealth's Curb

Flexible Transit for Rural Areas

Extending Service Life of Concrete Sidewalks Exposed to Extreme Weather Conditions through Internal Conditioning and Improved Workmanship

Energy Consumption, Cost, and Emissions of an MBTA Rapid Transit Vehicle

Effectiveness of Bicycle Boxes in Massachusetts

Impact of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on Road Safety and Implications for Education, Licensing, Registration, and Enforcement

Evaluating the Safety Impacts of Flashing Yellow Permissive Left-Turn Indications in Massachusetts

3D Printing Additive Manufacturing Feasibility for Highway Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance 

Improving the Long-Term Condition of Pavements in Massachusetts and Determining Return on Investment: Implementing the AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide - PHASE I  

Understanding Asset Management Systems Utilized by Municipalities in Massachusetts

 Short Sea Shipping in Southeastern Mass