State Planning and Research Program

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To help states offset the costs associated with conducting transportation research and implementing and sharing the results, the federal government provides 80% of the funding for a qualified project through the State Planning & Research (SPR) program.

SPR funds can also be used to participate in the Transportation Pooled Fund program, where two or more state DOTs combine resources to accomplish a shared goal.


SPR funds are managed by Iowa’s SPR Research Engineer.


SPR funds are best suited to projects with statewide appeal, including research, innovation, implementation, and technology transfer efforts. If you have an idea that may merit evaluation, please visit our Submit Ideas page.

Visit the Requests for Proposal page for more information and to sign up to receive notifications on new RFPs posted.


Iowa has made strides in transportation research with the use of SPR funds. See our active SPR projects.