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For more information about the proposal submission process, refer to the University Handbook.

Open research request for proposals

All proposal responses are due by 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2023.

The Q&A period ends at 12:00 p.m., February 1, 2023.

Project Statement Title
24-006 Barrier striping for the reduction of accidents
24-010 Developing a performance-based concrete overlay mix design for improved resistance to early-age cracking and increased durability
24-011 Develop guidelines for evaluation of embankment conditions in bridge approach slabs and pavement structures
24-023 Develop an interactive state-wide production rate estimation tool for reliable contract time determination
24-027 Best practices for flexible pavement repairs
24-028 Develop and updated methodology for calculation of reimbursement levels for utility relocations
24-031 Develop an analysis method for identifying candidate pavement safety improvement projects
24-035 Using network level texture to enhance pavement management
24-036 Evaluate safety end treatments for roadside drainage structures
24-038 Select high risk pedestrian midblock crossings and perform safety evaluations for developing pedestrian crossings countermeasures
24-039 Development of digital twins for Texas bridges
24-040 Determine effectiveness of construction management plans
24-043 Develop crash modification factors for super 2 highways
24-044 Develop an interactive unit price estimation and visualization tool
24-046 Develop enhanced cold recycling methods and specifications
24-047 Develop next generation of Hamburg Rutting Test for asphalt mixes
24-050 Exploring and developing innovative methods for estimating VMT on local roads in Texas
24-053 Synthesis: Pavement widening best practices
24-070 Safety assessment of shared use paths at roadway crossings using exposure-based models
24-071 Roadside safety device analysis, testing, and evaluation
24-089 Develop systematic and quantitative approach to assess the probability of extreme weather and resilience risks for TxDOT highways and bridges
24-090 Develop performance of base plate connections in COSS and traffic signal structures
24-091 Develop assessment and mitigation guidance for ancillary highway structures with existing cracks
24-093 Evaluating the risks that erosion control products pose to protected species and other wildlife
24-101 Quantify bridge and pavement consumption due to permitted overweight/oversized (OW/OS) vehicles
24-122 Data-driven prioritization of roadway segments for treatment during severe weather events
24-162 Evaluate effects of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) on performance-graded (PG) binder polymer concentration
24-163 Traffic Control Device Analysis, Testing, and Evaluation Program
24-172 Identification of needs and strategies for first responder interactions with automated vehicles (AVs)
24-174 Utilizing telematics to understand driving behavior during missed exits and wrong turns
24-191 Synthesis: Hydrologic approaches to Playa Lakes, areas of significant Karst geology, and arid regions
24-192 Synthesis: The state of knowledge and state of practice for non-contact radar stream gauges, in Texas, the US, and internationally
24-LTAP Texas Local & Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TxLTAP)

2023 Event
Jan. RTI posts request for proposals (RFP)
Feb. RFP #1 Q&A deadline
March University proposals are due to RTI
May RTI announces project awards
Sept. 1 FY 2024 projects work begins

How does a problem statement become a research project?

TxDOT reviews submitted problem statements before approving them for research:

  1. Problem statements are reviewed and prioritized with project recommendations for each functional area.
  2. Top recommended problem statements across all five functional areas are converted into project statements.
  3. Project statements are submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the TxDOT Executive Review Board for final approval.
  4. The Request for Proposal for selected project statements are announced.

Functional area committees

The Functional Area Committees consist of subject matter experts from TxDOT districts, divisions, and universities. The five committees are:

  • Construction, Maintenance, and Materials.
  • Planning and Environmental.
  • Safety and Operations.
  • Structures and Hydraulics.
  • Strategy and Innovation.

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