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 StatementsResearch 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