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Strategic Research Plan Projects​​​​​​


ODOT’s Research Section is posting Requests for Proposal (RFP) for research 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.

​​​Project Title ​Clarifications ​Deadlin​e
2021-01 A Field Evaluation of the Perpetual Pavement Concept ​None, yet 3-2-2020
2021-02 Leveraging Abandoned Railroad Tunnels for Bat Conservation None, yet 3-2-2020
2021-04 Efficient and Safe Removal & Debris Disposal of Ash Trees Killed by Emerald Ash Borer None, yet 3-2-2020
2021-05 ​Geoarchaeological Survey Methods for Enhanced Decision-Making in ODOT's Project Development Process None, yet 3-2-2020
2021-06 Stream & Wetland Mitigation Forecasting: Developing a Predictive Model for Faster Project Delivery and Cost-Savings None, yet 3-2-2020
2021-07 ​Shoulder Drop-off/Mounding Severity Determination None, yet ​3-2-2020
2021-08 ​Efficient and Effective Ways to Manage Water Through ODOT's Temporary Access Fills During Construction ​None, yet 3-2-2020​
​2021-09 ​Design of an Alternative Work Zone Attenuator Device Click here 3-2-2020​
​2021-11 ​Analysis of Ohio's Fine and Course Aggregate Reserve Balances ​None, yet 3​-2-2020​
2021-12 ​Efficient Reuse of Static Load Test Apparatus ​None, yet​ ​3-2-2020
​2021-13 ​Acoustic Effectiveness of Vinyl Fence Noise Walls ​None, yet ​3-2-2020

To view an RFP, please click on the solicitation number. The proposal and budget form will be submitted using an online system, Formstack. 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. Uploads are limited to 25 MB per proposal submission (if your upload size is larger please contact the Research Office). 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.

Please note, the proposal formatting requirements have been updated.  Please be sure to review the requirements thoroughly and prepare your submission accordingly.  To view the new proposal guidelines, click here.

All questions concerning the RFP, including technical clarifications of the project, as well as formatting and submission of proposals, MUST be submitted using the RFP Inquiry Form link at the right of this page. While RFPs are posted, there is a blackout period. Failure to adhere to this could result in proposal disqualification. Clarifications will be posted to this page 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 2, 2020. 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. It is advised that submitters allow adequate time to submit proposals in the event that firewalls prevent users from submitting proposals using the Formstack website. Proposals received after the deadline time, according to the ODOT computer time, will not be considered. Absolutely no extensions will be granted to this deadline no matter the circumstance.   

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 B program at a ratio of 80% federal funds and 20% state funds. The projects are expected to begin during fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021); 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.