Research Topic & Funding Request

Types of Projects

General Research Projects

Activities that explore new techniques, processes, or products.

Equipment & Software Evaluations

Items not normally used in day-to-day work of the agency required for a research project or as the object of study.

Novel & Innovative Ideas

Activities leading to new fundamental insights or substantial economic benefit.

Technology Transfer Activities

Dissemination, demonstration, training, or other activities leading toward adoption of research results.


The Iowa DOT’s Research Program encourages submission of research ideas and problem statements that consider all aspects of transportation. If you have an idea that may merit evaluation for research, please submit the information using the link below.

A description of the project including a summary of the need for the research and the project’s objectives must be included. Two to three paragraphs worth of information is sufficient at this time, as long as someone who is not familiar with the topic can read the summary and understand the need for the work.

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