The LRRB welcomes research ideas from Minnesota transportation practitioners. After submittal, your idea will be researched and evaluated to determine whether current solutions to the need or problem exist. We will follow up to let you know our findings. If the idea warrants new research, it will be brought before the LRRB to determine if proposals for research should be sought.
In September and October of each year, proposals for potential LRRB research projects are solicited from research institutions. In December, the LRRB evaluates and selects proposals that will be funded. If your idea for research is selected, you may be asked to serve on the project Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). Because funds may be available at other times of the year, ideas are accepted at any time.
You can submit your idea on the LRRB MnDOT IdeaScale website, by sharing via your city/county engineer at aState Aid pre-screening meeting or by contacting a LRRB board member. Ideas will later be formulated into a needs statement for formal consideration.
For more information, please contact the LRRB at the MnDOT Research Services Section, 651-366-3780.
Serve on a Technical Advisory Panel
When you submit an idea, you aren’t volunteering to lead the project, but please consider becoming a member of a Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) that guides the researchers who conduct the project. As a TAP member, you will attend a limited number of meetings and review the research results. You will also help researchers and the LRRB in finding the most productive ways to apply research results to the field.
The LRRB encourages city and county engineers to serve on the TAP since they sometimes benefit directly from assisting with implementation. To participate, contact an LRRB board member.