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State Research Program Funds Projects to Address Transportation Challenges

From a competitive pool of over 75 proposals, MnDOT and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board have funded 25 new research projects and are seeking volunteers to serve as Technical Advisory Panel members and help guide the research.

Researchers will address transportation challenges, such as:

“This is a truly impressive group of new research projects that will address a diverse set of research needs,” said Marcus Bekele, MnDOT Research Program Coordinator. “We appreciate all of the project champions and subject matter experts who have supported the process from idea to project selection.”

Each spring, the MnDOT Research Steering Committee and the Minnesota Local Road Research Board solicit research ideas from transportation practitioners and later request proposals from universities. In December, the research governing boards meet to hear these proposals and select projects for funding.

To receive updates on any of the funded projects, select “subscribe” on the project webpage. To volunteer for a project advisory team, contact

Have an idea for MnDOT’s next funding cycle? Ideas are due March 15 for 2022 projects. Visit IdeaScale to submit your idea.

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