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Call for Proposals

2018 Call for Research Proposals 

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

Proposed Research Projects & Budget Amounts

The Tennessee Department of Transportation 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 27 projects, along with a brief description of the research need for each project.

TDOT Research Needs Statement

Submission Materials

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

•         Research proposal narrative – Maximum 10 pages; Use template below and submit as an MS Word Document

                o   TDOT Research Proposal Template

                o  Detailed, itemized budget

•        Budget justification

•        Project schedule including 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 write 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.

               o   TDOT CFP Evaluation Scoring Sheet

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: February 28, 2018, at 4:00pm CST

•         Submit compete proposal packets via email to

•         Email subject line should read: 2018 Call for Research Proposals: ‘PI Name’-‘Short Project Name’. (Example: 2018 Call for Research Proposals: Park-TDOT Research)

•        Hard copy submissions will not be considered.

Expected Timeline

Call for Research Proposals

January 19, 2018

Complete Proposals Due

February 28, 2018

Announce Selected Research Projects


Begin Research

July-August, 2018

*All dates are subject to change.

For more information, please contact