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ORIL Research Idea Form


​​Michelle Lucas
Statewide Planning & Research
(614) 644-8135

Vicky Fout
Statewide Planning & Research
Research Section
(614) 466-3029

Mike Fitch, P.E.
Local Programs
Local Technical Assistance Program
(614) 387-7358

ORIL Research Ideas Solicitation

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.

ORIL is now accepting research ideas for their upcoming FY2022 program and everyone is invited to submit ideas! Yes, everyone!! The ORIL Board has expanded the criteria for submitting ideas.  In addition to Ohio’s local public agencies (e.g.: villages, townships, cities, counties, MPOs, and RTPOs), ideas may now also be submitted by university researchers, students, consultants, associations, and ODOT staff.  All ideas must be applicable to the local transportation system and must be research.  The ORIL Board will review all ideas submitted and select those that propose the biggest benefit for Ohio. Selected ideas will be developed into Requests for Proposals, which will be posted for response from the transportation research community in January 2021. Research projects may begin any time after July 2021.

To Submit An Idea:

  • Complete an online application by clicking here.
  • Submit by September 4, 2020

Requirements for Consideration:

  • Ideas must be related to transportation issues. (See “NOTE” below.)
  • Ideas must be responsive to at least one of the research focus areas identified in the ORIL Strategic Research Plan: Safety, Renewal/Infrastructure, and Operations & Business Practices.
  • Ideas must be received by the deadline (September 4, 2020).

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: 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. 

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