Research

Iowa Highway Research Board

Iowa Highway

The Iowa Highway Research Board was established in 1949 to provide guidance and oversight for the use of the primary, secondary, and municipal road research funds. Years later, the IHRB is still fulfilling that role, overseeing about 20 new projects each year involving transportation issues in Iowa. The value earned from this research is continually returned to Iowa taxpayers multifold through cost savings of innovations, improved safety and implementation of proactive technologies.

The board is composed of 15 members:

  • Seven engineers employed by Iowa counties
  • Two engineers employed by Iowa municipalities
  • The Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Iowa and the Chair of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University.
  • Four Iowa DOT engineers, representing the DOT.

For each Board member, an alternate is also appointed to serve at the member’s request when the member is unable to attend.

RESEARCH IDEAS, PROBLEM STATEMENTS AND PROPOSALS

The IHRB encourages submission of research ideas and problem statements. If you have an idea that may merit evaluation for research, please visit the Research Topic and Funding Request page to submit a new research topic.

The Iowa Highway Research Board will periodically publish Request for Proposals (RFP).

Visit the RFP page for more information and to sign up to receive notifications on new RFP’s posted. Proposals submitted to the IHRB outside of these requested areas may be accepted on only a limited, case-by-case basis.

Research Topic Website

IHRB MEETING INFORMATION

meetings / Agenda / Minutes

The IHRB generally holds meetings on the last Friday of every month; however, the board does not meet in January or August. The November and December meetings are combined, taking place in the same week as the Iowa County Engineer Association Conference (in the first part of December).

  • Meeting Dates – Future meeting dates planned for the next four years can be found in our IHRB Meeting Dates PDF.
  • Agendas for the meeting are published one week prior to the meeting and are posted online
    To receive a notice of meetings and a copy of the agenda subscribe here
  • Minutes - Once approved, previous meeting minutes are available and posted on our website.

IHRB DOCUMENTS

IOWA HIGHWAY RESEARCH BOARD BUSINESS PLAN

The IHRB Business Plan outlines the operating procedures of the board and its activities.

ANNUAL REPORT

The IHRB published a summary of research activities for the previous Fiscal Year in January.


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