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Division of Planning
Statewide Planning & Research
Request for Proposals

​Strategic Research Plan Projects

ODOT’s Research Section is posting Requests for Proposal (RFP) for the strategic research plan projects listed below. Thank you for your interest and partnership in meeting the evolving needs of Ohio’s transportation system, which is one of the largest in the nation. ODOT is grateful to the community of researchers who apply their skills and talents towards improving transportation in Ohio, and thereby, contribute to the quality of life for all Ohioans. Your efforts make a real difference to our collective future. To view a RFP, please click on the solicitation number. The proposal and budget form will be submitted using an online system, Formstack, click here.

RFP Submission Form RFP Inquiry Form


​Solicitation # ​Project Title ​Clarifications ​Deadline

Evaluation of Asphalt Base Course Construction and Acceptance Requirements

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Protecting Piers of Overhead Structures From Degradation Due to Snow and Ice Chemical and Material Usage

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Re-Rounding of Deflected Thermoplastic Conduit

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) to Determine Hellbender Distribution

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Effects of Tree Canopy on Pavement Condition, Safety and Maintenance

Click here ​March 4, 2016

Evaluation of Trench and Slotted Drain Maintenance and Cleaning

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Assessment of Existing and Potential Volume Reduction for Post Construction Stormwater Management

Click here ​March 4, 2016

Evaluation of Post Flooding Shoulder Reconditioning

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Evaluation of Partial Depth Pavement Repairs on Routes Heavily Traveled by Amish Horse and Buggies

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Longitudinal Joint Repair Best Practices

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Effective and Economical Cleaning of Pipes and Underdrains

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Evaluation of Maintenance Procedures for Bridge Spalling on Parapet Walls

None, yet ​March 4, 2016

Moored Aerostat Systems (MAS) for Transportation, Incident Management, and Infrastructure Assessment

Click here ​March 4, 2016

Information on current RFPs will not be provided by ODOT personnel outside of the RFP Inquiry process. Violations of this policy will result in non-selection of said violator's proposal. 

You will complete general information on the form, then attach a MS Word and PDF of the proposal and the Excel budget form. After you click submit, you will receive a confirmation email. Attachments are limited to 20 MB. Please adhere to these instructions. Non-compliance with the formatting and submission guidelines is cause for the rejection of the submission. Cost estimates for posted projects are not available.

During the RFP solicitation, all questions concerning the RFP, including technical clarifications of the project as well as formatting and submission of proposals, should be submitted using the RFP Inquiry Form link at the right of this page. Clarifications will be posted to the Research website as they become available, so check regularly for updates.

In order to be considered, each submission must be received by Research by 3:00 PM (ET) on March 4, 2016. Absolutely no extensions will be granted to this deadline. All items received after 3:00 PM (ET) on the due date will not be considered. Submissions should be submitted by the stated deadline. An email confirmation will be sent to the submitter’s email address acknowledging that the submission has been received. It is the submitter's responsibility to ensure that the submission has been received by Research by the stated deadline. The confirmation email is the only acceptable proof that a submission has been made. In the event a submitter wants to challenge whether or not their submission was received by the deadline, the confirmation email will be the only evidence accepted. Failure on the submitter’s part to provide a copy of the confirmation email will result in a submission being considered late and therefore ineligible for consideration.

ODOT’s research program is not a grant program. All research projects are treated as reimbursement contracts for services rendered. To review ODOT’s standard research contract, please click here. If your organization is unable to accept the terms of this contract, do not submit a proposal for consideration. Submission of a proposal is considered an acceptance of the standard research contract. All projects are subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the RD&T2 Manual of Procedures. To review the manual, please click here.

All posted projects will be funded through ODOT’s State Planning & Research, Part 2 program at a ratio of 80% federal funds and 20% state funds. The projects are expected to begin during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017); a specific start date is not available.

The research program is open to the entire transportation research community, including public and private universities and consultants. ODOT does not prequalify researchers and accepts submissions from out-of-state organizations. ODOT is an equal opportunity employer. ODOT reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. All projects are subject to the availability of funding. 

Specific Assurances with Respect to Federally-Assisted Projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4) and the Regulations, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, all bidders including disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full and fair opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, low-income status, or limited English proficiency in consideration for an award.