MassDOT Process for Soliciting and Selecting Research Projects

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

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 current solicitation period for research problem statements, ended on June 7, 2019.

Selection of Projects Being Proposed for Research Funding  

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  - OPEN NOW

During this stage, MassDOT seeks qualified researchers to conduct studies on the topics that are proposed for research funding.   Researchers are sought for the following topics.  Interested researchers submit a Principal Investigator (PI) Interest Statement Form along with the short (two page) CV for each PI/Co-PI to Mike Knodler,, by the submission deadline.  

PI Interest Statement Submission Form

Research Project Statements can be viewed by clicking on the project titles listed below.     
Available Research Project Statements

Deadline for PI Interest Statement Forms for the 9 Projects Below: September 16, 2019

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

Short Sea Shipping in Southeastern Mass

Deadline for PI Interest Statement Forms for the 4 Projects Below: September 27, 2019

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