Welcome to the NJ Transportation Research Ideas Portal
The New Jersey Department of Transportation's (NJDOT) Bureau of Research staff works directly with university and other research professionals to find solutions to improve the safety, mobility and accessibility of New Jersey’s residents, workers, visitors and businesses. Our goal is to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of the policies, practices, standards and specifications that are used in planning, building and maintaining New Jersey's transportation infrastructure.
NJDOT’s Bureau of Research is interested in soliciting ideas from NJDOT’s research customers and other transportation stakeholders for the NJDOT Research Program. We are interested in your research ideas – particularly, ideas that can turn problems into solutions that can be implemented. We use this website to gather and share ideas as a first step in the development of fundable research proposals.
Register to Participate. Registered participants can log in to submit a new idea, comment on submitted ideas, or vote on the ideas to show your support. You may submit ideas at any time. Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.
Deadline. The deadline date for submission of new research ideas to inform the next round of research RFPs is December 31, 2021.
Who Can Submit a Research Idea? NJDOT’s research customers and other interested transportation practitioners (e.g., MPOs, county and local governments, and other transportation subject matter experts from trade, universities and NGOs) can submit a research idea. We are particularly interested in research ideas focused on addressing critical existing and emerging transportation needs in New Jersey.
Who Are NJDOT’s Research Customers? Subject matter experts from NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission are most often our research customers. Research ideas typically must have a "champion" among our research customers. Ideally, a "champion" is an individual holding a responsible position within a division, bureau, section or unit who is prepared to sponsor or advance a research idea from its inception to study completion.
How Do Ideas Inform Research Needs Statement Development? Ideas are not research needs statements or proposals. After the deadline date of a research idea solicitation round, research ideas are prioritized by the Research Oversight Committee and high priority research needs are posted as proposals. Submission of a research idea does not preclude individuals or groups from Institutes of Higher Learning or other eligible research organizations from subsequently bidding on a Request for Proposal prepared and issued by the Bureau of Research. RFPs will be posted on our research RFP web site: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/requestsforproposal.shtm
How Do I Submit an Idea? Only registered participants may submit an idea. Click on the “Submit New Idea” button on the top right-hand corner.
What Happened to My Idea? Ideas submitted in 2017, 2018 and 2019 have been archived. Several of these ideas have contributed to the development of RFPs, or are in the pipeline for the issuance of an RFP, or have been distributed to the appropriate research customer (i.e., agency, division, or unit) for consideration through other means. Other ideas may not have found their champion, or were not prioritized for funding. Previously submitted ideas can be posted again. We continue to encourage submission of new ideas.
Questions about How to Register? Please email our site administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about NJDOT Bureau of Research, visit our website: https://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/research/
Questions about this NJ Transportation Research Ideas website? Email us: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us: (609) 963-2242