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Information on New Project Selection
Resources for Problem Statement Submitters
Includes: Problem Statement Form; information on submitting research ideas; tips for submitting a successful problem statement and project selection timeline.
Research Priorities
List of research needs and priorities, as defined annually by subject area (e.g. planning, safety, structures, etc.).
Selection Committees
Identifies the members of the committees who are involved in the review and selection of problem statements.
ODOT and OTREC Processes
Describes the integration of the ODOT and OTREC process for submitting research ideas.
Issues Regarding Ownership of Problem Statements
Defines the ownership of problem statements.
Problem Statements submitted for FY 2016
Links to problem statements submitted last year.
Stage Two Problem Statements selected by ETG's for FY16 
Links to Stage 2 problem statements selected by the Expert Task Groups (ETGs) last year.
The Research Section divides research subject matter into eight topic areas.  For each topic area we have an advisory committee called an Expert Task Group (ETG).  Members of these groups are selected on the basis of their training, knowledge and experience.  The ODOT Research Advisory Committee (RAC) provides overall program guidance.   It is comprised of one member from each ETG plus the Research Manager and an FHWA representative.  Information on the current membership of the RAC and ETGs is provided in Selection Committee (under construction.)
On an annual cycle the Research Section, with the help of the ETGs and the RAC ––
  • reviews research priorities;
  • solicits research ideas – call Problem Statements – from within and outside of ODOT;
  • nominates the most promising Problem Statements for further development; and
  • selects a small number of Problem Statements for project funding.
See the Problem Statements (Research Ideas) for details on these activities and when they occur.
A Problem Statement is a short description of a problem that research might address.