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

Open research request for proposals

There are currently 35 open requests for proposal. The Q&A Deadline is 12:00 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, February 20, 2024.  The Proposal Deadline is 12:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Project Stmt # Title
25-001 Evaluate the Effectiveness of Dowels for Lateral Restraint of Prestressed Concrete Beams
25-005 Synthesis:Prevention of Unauthorized Freeway Exits and Entrances
25-011 Evaluation of Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Pavement Applications
25-012 Develop Optimum 2-Mat Reinforcement Design in Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement (CRCP)
25-014 Determine Feasibility and Efficacy of Hollow Precast Straddle Bents
25-015 Evaluating Minimum Virgin Binder Contents for Durable Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Mixes
25-018 Develop Guidance for Sustainable Traffic Signal Operation Strategies to Support All Intersection Users
25-020 Evaluation of Low-Speed Profiler for Network-Level Pavement Management
25-023 Determine Hydroplaning Potential Using Existing Pavement Asset Data
25-024 Incorporating Lab Skid measurements into the Balanced Mix Design process
25-025 Develop Design Methodologies and Efficient Details for Triple I-Girder Steel Straddle Caps
25-026 Develop Concrete Girder Splice Details with Application of Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC)
25-036 Predicting Field Performance of Pavement Markings Across the State of Texas
25-047 Enhancing Texas Mechanistic-Empirical Flexible Pavement Design System (TxME) Practice: Develop Enhanced Mix Aging Model and District-Level Calibration Guidance
25-050 Synthesis: Commercial Air-Coupled Ground Penetrating Radar Systems to Be Used for Pavement Evaluations in Texas
25-051 Revisions for the TxDOT Pavement Management Information System (PMIS) Rater’s Manual
25-058 Developing and Assessing eDNA Survey Methodology for Protected Mussel Species in Texas
25-069 Develop Countermeasures to Lower Operating Speeds and Collisions on Arterial Roadways, and Reduce Vulnerable User Injuries
25-071 Develop Data Collection Requirements and Strategic Research Roadmap to Support the Digital Delivery Program
25-074 Develop Crash Predictive Methods for Frontage Roads including ramp terminals, and intersections with crossroads in Texas
25-079 Conduct MASH Test Level 3 (TL-3) Evaluations of Concrete Barriers on Roadside Slopes
25-080 Improve Utility Investigations through AI Data Fusion and Reliable Quality Assessments
25-086 Evaluation of Rapid Mix Design for Lime Treated Materials
25-091 Analyze Operational and Safety Improvements Associated with Implemented Innovative Intersections in Texas
25-094 Exploring the Use of Anti-oxidants to Substantially Increase Cracking Life of Asphalt Pavements
25-095 Identify and Evaluate Innovative Pedestrian Safety Countermeasures for Rural and Nighttime Environments
25-104 Develop an Intelligent Digital Assistant for Project Planning
25-105 Develop Data Collection Requirements and Strategic Research Roadmap to Support the Digital Delivery Program
25-107 Synthesis: Carbon Capture and Repurposing By-Products
25-108 Improve Safety of Vehicles and Vulnerable Road Users at Intersections Integrating C-V2X and LiDAR Sensing Technologies
25-122 Incorporating Resilience Considerations in Transportation Asset Management Planning and Project Selection Process
25-138 Address Knowledge Gaps in Scour Analyses for Cohesive and Other Challenging Channel Materials
25-145 Leverage AI for Asset Inventories & Management
25-169 Develop Standardized LRFD Design Methods for Ancillary Highway Structure Foundations
25-177 Synthesis: Develop Design Guidelines for Applications of Light Weight Aggregate in Embankments and Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls -- Evaluate Cost Benefit & Performance


FY 2024 Event
February Questions deadline
March University proposals are due to RTI
  • RTI announces project awards
  • Universities submit project agreements
September FY '24 project 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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