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Call for Proposals

2018 2nd Call for Research Proposals 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is pleased to announce the 2018 Second Call for Research Proposals. Proposals are now being accepted for various research projects in Tennessee.


Proposed Research Projects & Budget Amounts

TDOT is looking to research various topics, with varying budget amounts, during this call, with a desire to sponsor innovative research. The spreadsheet below provides the 26 projects, along with a brief description of the research need for each project.

You can also click the following research title with estimated funding for detailed information

RNS01. Return on Investment (ROI) on Transportation Projects ($100,000)

RNS02. Investigation on Wrong-way Prevention Technologies and Systems ($200,000)

RNS03. Developing Safety Metrics and Thresholds for Highway Constructions in Tennessee ($125,000)

RNS04. Multimodal Safety Rail Development ($150,000)

RNS05. A Localized Safety Performance Functions (SPFs) Approach Accounting for “Within” Tennessee Variations on Multilane Highways ($145,000)

RNS06. TDOT ROW Appraisal Damages Study ($201,500)

RNS07. Use of Recycled Concrete Aggregate in New Concrete Mixes ($220,000)

RNS08. Mitigating Stripping in Asphalt Mixtures ($225,000)

RNS09. Network-Level Pavement Structural Data ($320,000)

RNS10. Enhancing Freeze-Thaw Resistance of Tennessee Concrete Mixes through Improved Air Void Testing ($200,000)

RNS11. Guidelines for the Use of Expanded- Polystyrene (EPS) Block Geofoam as Lightweight Backfill Behind Retaining Walls ($175,000)

RNS12. Performance Evaluation Of Full Depth Reclaimed (FDR) Pavements in Tennessee ($200,000)

RNS13. Evaluating the Performance Of Inverted Pavements in Tennessee ($200,000)

RNS14. MEPDG Climate Data Input for the State of Tennessee ($200,000)

RNS16. Design considerations for, and limitations of rock dowels/anchors loaded in shear ($150,000)

RNS17. Improvement of Park-and-Ride Facilities and Services in Metropolitan Areas of Tennessee ($150,000)

RNS18. Evaluating Performance and Benefits-Costs of Road Diets in Tennessee ($100,000)

RNS19. Community Engagement in Rural Communities ($75,000)

RNS20. Developing Statewide Land Use Forecasting Model and Integrate with TDOT’s Statewide Travel Demand Model ($250,000)

RNS21. Activity-based Household Travel Survey Through Smartphone Apps in Tennessee ($200,000)

RNS22. Investigating the Service of App-based Rideshare and Transportation Network Companies in Tennessee  ($150,000)

RNS23. Calculating Road User Cost for Specific Sections of Highway to Use in Alternative Contracting Projects ($200,000)

RNS24. Engineering Design Procedures and Standards Drawings for Highway Construction Sediment Basins ($97,007)

RNS25. Peak Flow Estimation in Urban Drainage Areas ($250,000)

RNS26. Quantifying support practice sub-factor values for erosion-control and sediment retention devices- Phase II ($125,000)

RNS27. Development of a New Attenuation Model for West Tennessee ($135,000)

Submission Materials

The following materials are required to complete a research proposal submission:

  • Research Proposal manuscript – Please use the template below and submit in MS Word Document format (.docx)
    • TDOT Research Proposal Template
    • The maximum number of pages for the Research Proposal manuscript is 10 pages. The cover page, grant budget documents, project schedules, and CVs do NOT count toward the 10-page limit.
  • Grant budget documents: Detailed, itemized budget estimation and budget justification
  • Project Schedule: it should include milestones and/or deliverables
  • CV for Principal Investigator(s) and lead project staff – 2 pages maximum per CV


Evaluation Process

To help you as you develop your proposal, we have also attached our TDOT CFP Evaluation Scoring Sheet. During the selection process, we will utilize this scoring sheet as we consider and rate each research proposal submitted. Please use this scoring sheet as a guideline when writing your proposal to ensure that you meet the criteria we are looking for in the proposal.

Once we receive all submitted research proposals, we will review proposals based on TDOT need statements and will then select the university to conduct the specific research. We anticipate that this process will take 6-8 weeks.


 Proposal Deadline: 4 PM, Sep. 4th, 2018 CST

  • Submit compete proposal packets via email to
  • Email subject line should be: 2018 2nd Call for Research Proposals: ‘PI Name’-‘Short Project Name’. (Example: 2018 2nd Call for Research Proposals: Park-TDOT Research)
  • Hard copy submissions will not be considered.


Expected Timeline

  • Call for Research Proposals: Aug, 8th, 2018 CST
  • Complete Proposals Due: 4 PM, Sep. 4th, 2018 CST
  • Announce Selected Research Projects: TBD
  • Begin Research: TBD

*All dates are subject to change.

For more information, please contact or Yu-Jen Chen at