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.
You can submit your idea on the LRRB MnDOT IdeaScale website, by attending a District State Aid pre-screening meeting or by contacting an LRRB board member. Later, ideas will be formulated into a needs statement for formal consideration.
Proposals for potential LRRB research projects are solicited from research institutions in the fall of each year. 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.
For more information, please contact the LRRB at the MnDOT Research Services Section, 651-366-3780.
Technical Advisory Panel
When you submit an idea, you are not volunteering to lead the project, but please consider becoming a member of the 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 find the most productive ways to apply research results in 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.