Chapter 3: Research Cycle

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Section 1: Research Cycle

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The Research Program

While projects may be initiated throughout the year, most research projects are developed through the Research Program Cycle. Multi-year projects are reviewed each year to determine whether they are progressing effectively and productively, and should continue as planned.

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Development Cycle

RTI announces specific dates and provides more specific instructions annually, for both TxDOT and university personnel, as activities occur throughout each fiscal year.

Although most research problem statements are submitted based on the cycle described above, DDOs are welcome to submit needs at any time of the year, and in any format. See “Submit Research Needs” on RTI’s Crossroads (intranet) web site for instructions.

Spring

Activities

Fall

April – May

Problem Statement Call

September – November

May

Problem Statements Due

November

May – June

Short list Problem Statements

November – January

June

Request for Proposals

February

June – July

Pre-proposal Meetings

February

August

Proposals Submitted

March

August

Proposals Evaluated

April

August

Proposals Evaluations Due

April

August – September

Project Awards

May

September – November

Project Agreements Signed

May – July

Can Start Immediately

Program Begins

September



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