The ODOT Research Program focuses on producing original research that supports the department's mission of providing a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians. To accomplish this, the program identifies new transportation research problems, coordinates research projects, and responds to requests for research information from throughout ODOT.
The lifecycle of a major ODOT research project typically progresses through eight major phases: problem statement identification, statement review and refinement, research project selection, contracting, conducting research, publication, implementation, and identification of research priorities. Research projects have the potential to benefit the agency, and the transportation community as a whole, therefore, after publication the Research Program supports implementation efforts.
Problem Statement for new projects can be submitted throughout the year and then the actual selection process commences on November 15 for the next fiscal year. The conduct of research, publication, and implementation processes are ongoing throughout the year. The ODOT research priorities are updated periodically.
The administration of the research program is conducted in partnership with universities, AASHTO, TRB, FHWA and other agencies. The program conducts a Peer Exchange every five years to help maintain a high quality program. The activities of the Research Section are supported by various funding programs.