Welcome to the Minnesota Transportation Research Collaboration Site

COVID-19 Research Announcement

The COVID-19 crisis impacts every aspect of the transportation system. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has launched the COVID-19 Research Campaign to inform COVID-19-related decisions and understand COVID-19's impact on the state and local transportation sector. Currently, up to $160,000 is available for the solicitation.

To submit your COVID-19 transportation research proposal click the "Submit New Idea" button (upper right), complete all fields of the online form, and click "Submit" at the bottom of the form when you are done.

Key information:
  • Research proposal submissions will only be accepted June 1-15, 2020. No late submissions will be considered.
  • Research Proposals must identify:
    o One MnDOT or Minnesota Local Agency staff member (Champion) AND
    o One staff member from a University under (or finalizing) a master contract with MnDOT OR a consultant on the Transportation Research Assistance Program certified list (Primary Investigator/Researcher)
  • Who may submit a COVID-19 Research Proposal:
    o MnDOT employees
    o City/county employees
    o Certified consultants (TRAP Program)
    o Professors from a university under (or finalizing) a master contract with MnDOT
For additional information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our COVID-19 Research Solicitation web site

  • May 29, 2020: Recommended notification of interest to marcus.bekele@state.mn.us
  • May 22 – June 1, 2020: Initial champion/researcher collaboration
  • June 1 – June 15, 2020: IdeaScale Campaign Open
  • June 16 – July 23, 2020: Research proposal review & selection

Contact: If you need assistance, please contact Marcus Bekele at marcus.bekele@state.mn.us.