Chapter 1 - General
1.5 CONTRACTED RESEARCH vs. GRANTS
The ODOT research program consists almost exclusively of contracted projects. ODOT contracts with both public and private agencies for the conduct of research. The administration of the program and projects is in accordance with the regulations for the procurement of services for the State of Ohio. Funds associated with research projects are not distributed as grants; they are payments for the performance of a specified service to be completed during a specific period of time. For detailed information on the administration of the program refer to Chapters 3 and 4. For detailed information on the administration of individual projects, refer to Chapter 5.
ODOT conducts research through in state, out-of-state, public, and private universities. The university environment is very conducive to research. Universities have extensive facilities and faculty in many areas of study. Research conducted for ODOT allows students to gain valuable experience by working on real world problems. The faculty also benefit by being introduced to practical problems and being able to gain national exposure in specific areas of study.
ODOT contracts for research studies with private consulting firms that are headquartered within and outside of Ohio. Consulting firms receive the same consideration as universities when they submit a response to requests for proposals.