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Solicitation for Transportation Research Topics

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) conducts research to serve the public by supporting a transportation system and services that emphasize quality, safety, cost effectiveness, economic vitality, and sensitivity to the environment. You are encouraged to submit your research ideas through this solicitation process.

Research ideas must be submitted on the Research Topic Statement form.

The topic statements should include:

  1. Title;
  2. Topic statement;
  3. Background information;
  4. Research proposed;
  5. IT components;
  6. Urgency and the benefits;*
  7. Implementation plan;
  8. Your name, title, affiliation, address, and phone number; and
  9. Champion and sponsor information (optional)

* Urgency and Benefits must include a description of how this research will serve the public by supporting a transportation system and services that emphasize quality, safety, cost effectiveness, economic vitality and/or sensitivity to the environment.

When topic statements are received, an internal champion and sponsor will be sought for each topic statement, if one is not listed. You are encouraged to speak with your peers within MDT to match your interests with our needs. This discussion often yields a champion for your research idea. Topic statements for which either a champion or sponsor cannot be found will not move forward.

Please note all research ideas submitted become public property. Submitters are not guaranteed to receive the contract for work resulting from any submitted research idea.

Please transmit the completed forms to Sue Sillick by April 30th of each year. Research staff will acknowledge each submittal and will later inform you of the status of your topic.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue by phone at 406-444-7693 or by .