Submit a Research Idea

Have a research idea? This year, Clear Roads is inviting members of the winter maintenance and research communities to submit ideas for consideration as future Clear Roads research topics. Research ideas submitted by community stakeholders will be considered by the Clear Roads Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) alongside research problem statements developed by TAC members. The ideas and problem statements that best meet Clear Roads’ priorities will be developed into full-scale research solicitations (RFPs) and posted by Minnesota DOT for competitive bid.

For the 2022 research cycle, the idea submission deadline is Thursday, December 23, 2021.

Clear Roads funds winter maintenance research in six topic areas, with a focus on:

  • Evaluating winter maintenance materials, equipment and methods under real-world conditions.
  • Developing specifications and recommendations.
  • Investigating innovative techniques and technologies that will save agencies money, improve safety and increase efficiency.
  • Developing practical field guides and training curriculums to promote the results of research projects.

To submit a research idea, please email this completed Research Idea Form to Greg Waidley at by December 23, 2021. We welcome great ideas from anyone!

DISCLAIMER: Clear Roads considers many research ideas each year, and there is no guarantee that a submitted idea will be selected by the Clear Roads TAC for funding as a research project. Submitted ideas may be significantly altered by Clear Roads during the project scoping process. Selected ideas will be developed into Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and posted by Minnesota DOT for competitive bid. Research ideas will be shared among the Clear Roads membership (36 state DOTs), so please do not include any proprietary data or information that you do not want made available to the public. University researchers and consultants are encouraged to submit ideas for consideration; however, there is no guarantee that the research contract developed from an idea will be awarded to the original submitter.