The LRRB welcomes research ideas from Minnesota’s local transportation practitioners. Our staff will evaluate your need to determine whether a current solution exists. If your idea requires new research, it will be brought to the LRRB for further consideration.
You can submit your idea three ways:
- Share on the LRRB-MnDOT IdeaScale website.
- Ask your city or county engineer to submit at a State Aid pre-screening meeting
- Contact an LRRB board member.
If an idea is selected for further consideration, a need statement must be prepared.
Check the Status of Your Research Idea
Have you submitted a research idea to the LRRB? You can check the status of your idea on the LRRB Idea Tracker, which shows the status of ideas submitted over the past year. Statuses include:
- New LRRB Project: Idea has been selected and is in process of starting or being contracted
- Under Consideration: Idea received high number of votes and is going through the LRRB process to identify potential researcher and if research can be done economically
- Lower Priority: Idea did not receive enough votes to be considered for funding by the LRRB and RIC (i.e. not within the top 25 projects); these ideas will be sent to cities and counties to consider for “re-nominating” during next cycle
- Existing: Idea was addressed in previous (or is being addressed by current ongoing) research project
- N/A: Idea was being addressed elsewhere (i.e. previous research, via State Aid) and/or was deemed not research type issue
Serve on a Technical Advisory Panel
The LRRB requires local agency participation on Technical Advisory Panels (TAP) to guide the development of new research and implementation projects. As a TAP member, you will attend a limited number of meetings and review research results. You will also help researchers and the LRRB find the most productive ways to apply research results in the field.
To learn more or be contacted about future opportunities, contact our program staff.