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Division of Planning
Statewide Planning & Research
Request for Proposals

Strategic Research Plans

ODOT’s Research Section is reposting a Request for Proposal (RFP) for each of 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. 

Changes have been made to the Proposal Formatting and Submission Guidelines. It is now required that non-Ohio agency submissions include an Ohio-based subcontractor or partner. Should you decide to develop a response for submission, you will find a number of helpful pieces of information below the project list. Please pay careful attention to this information, as it will ultimately lead to developing the most successful submission. Please adhere to these instructions.

​To view the RFP, please click on the RFP solicitation number under Download RFP.  Non-compliance with the formatting and submission guidelines is cause for the rejection of a submission. Cost estimates for the posted projects are not available.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding RFP Process

Click here for answers to some of our more frequently asked questions that are not specific to any one RFP.​

Submission Form
2014-16 RFPEstimating External Travel Using Purchased Third-Party Data

Respond to RFP

2014-16 RFP Clarifications11/19/2014
2015-10 RFPExtended Life Concrete Bridge Decks Utilizing Improved Internal Curing to Reduce Cracking

Respond to RFP

2015-10 Clarifications11/19/2014
2015-07 RFPTack Coat Performance and Materials Study2014-07 Clarifications11/24/2014
Please follow these steps for submission:
  1. Review each RFP, and then develop a proposal using the format outlined in the Proposal Formatting and Submission Guidelines. Attachments shall not exceed 20 MB.
  2. Submit all questions using the RFP Inquiry Form.
  3. Fill out the online submission form. You will be requested to attach a PDF of the completed proposal and the Excel Budget form.
All questions concerning the RFP, including technical clarifications of the projects as well as formatting and submission of proposals, should be submitted using the RFP Inquiry Form. Clarifications will be posted to the Research website as they become available, so check regularly for updates.
In order to be considered, your submission must be received by Research by 3:00 PM (ET) on December 19, 2014. 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. An email confirmation will be sent to the email address indicated on the submission form 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 Research 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 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015); 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.