Michelle LucasStatewide Planning & Research(614) 644-8135
Vicky FoutStatewide Planning & ResearchResearch Section(614) 466-3029
Mike Fitch, P.E.Local ProgramsLocal Technical Assistance Program(614) 387-7358
Do you have a problem you need solved? Is there a topic you would like to know more about? Ever wondered how your colleagues are dealing with a particular issue and what the best practices for handling it could be? All of these (and more) could be addressed through research!
Ohio’s Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL) is now accepting research ideas for consideration for the upcoming FY2022 program.
To Submit An Idea:
Requirements for Consideration:
Check out the ORIL FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions. Current topics include how ORIL funding works, where the funding comes from, what is required of individuals whose ideas are selected, and more. For more information on the ORIL program, how it works, and details on the criteria used by the ORIL Board to select the ideas, check out the ORIL Guidebook. To learn more about the research currently being funding by ORIL, check out the ORIL Project Site
If you have a question about ORIL or need help submitting an idea, please email: ORIL@dot.ohio.gov contact Vicky Fout (614-466-3029), Michelle Lucas (614-644-8135) or Mike Fitch (614-387-7358).
NOTE: ORIL funding is currently provided through the State Planning & Research Part B Program, which carries the following eligibility criteria: According to 23USC505, SP&R2 funds may only be used to support two specific activities:
(5) Research, development, and technology transfer activities necessary in connection with the planning, design, construction, management, and maintenance of highway, public transportation, and intermodal transportation systems.(6) Study, research, and training on the engineering standards and construction materials for transportation systems described in paragraph (5), including the evaluation and accreditation of inspection and testing and the regulation and taxation of their use.
Ohio's Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL) 1980 West Broad Street MS 3280 Columbus, Ohio 43223 (614) 466-3029