REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Issued: April 12, 2004
The Oklahoma Transportation Center (OTC) requests proposals for research
on topics vital to solving some of the pressing transportation problems in
Oklahoma and in the nation.
The OTC is a multi-disciplinary coalition of the Oklahoma State University
(OSU), the University of Oklahoma (OU), and Langston University (LU) to serve
as a resource for solving critical transportation problems in the state and
in the nation in a cooperative manner. Founded in 2001, the OTC has over 30
“founding partners” including Oklahoma Department of Transportation
(ODOT), Oklahoma Transportation Authority (OTA), and companies and associations
representing all transportation modes.
During FY 2001-2003, the OTC faculty and students worked collaboratively
on projects covering a broad spectrum of topics including improving work zone
safety through remote monitoring, modeling state-wide freight movement, developing
a computerized accident analysis system, analyzing impacts of highway construction,
and implementing emerging technologies for structural health monitoring and
“Inter-modal transportation at the nation’s crossroads”
will continue to be the OTC’s theme in pursuing projects having practical
deliverables. The research focus or thematic areas are: (1) Intelligent Transportation
Systems; (2) Materials/Construction/Maintenance; (3) Education/Training; (4)
Logistics, Policy, Economics, Risk Assessment; (5) Transit.
Any full-time faculty member at OSU, OU, or LU, or a full-time staff member
in any individual OSU, OU or LU Transportation Center is eligible to submit
a proposal. The University with which the principal investigator is affiliated
must officially process all proposals.
3. Size and Scope of Projects
Approximately $375,000 is available for this RFP. Additional funds, approximately
$700,000, are anticipated to support projects to be selected from this RFP.
Of these available and anticipated funds, approximately two-third will be
used for “Top-Down” projects on topics identified by OTA/ODOT,
while the balance will be used to support “Bottom-Up” projects
suggested by the investigators. This RFP does not cover “transit”
research; a separate RFP will be issued for transit research. Also, it is
expected that there will be at least one more RFP issued this calendar year
for “non-transit” research.
Three types of projects will be considered under this RFP:
(a) Single-phase projects that are limited in scope and can be completed
within one year. The maximum budget (including indirect costs) for a project
in this category is limited to $100,000.
(b) Multi-phase projects that are broader in scope but closely related to
the OTC theme and focus areas. Since the OTC is funded on a year-to-year basis,
it is important to clearly delineate the deliverables of each phase. The maximum
duration of a phase is one year, with a budget of up to $150,000 per phase.
(c) IDEA projects are short-term projects (up to six months) that may or may
not have an immediate application but are relevant to the OTC theme. There
are two types of IDEA projects: 1. synthesis projects that summarize and analyze
available research results regarding a specific topic; and 2. theoretical
projects. The maximum budget of a project in this category is limited to $40,000.
4. Topics for Top-Down Projects
Investigators seeking funding for “Top-Down” projects must select
a topic from the following list:
Crack-free bridge decks. Cracking in concrete bridge decks causes numerous
problems including penetration and subsequent freezing of water, and corrosion
of reinforcing steel. Research is needed to identify if such cracks relate
to mix design issue, aggregate issue, performance specifications issue, or
other issues, and how these issues be addressed to produce crack-free bridge
Prestress losses in high strength concrete. The ride quality on a completed
bridge deck supported by prestressed concrete beams is a function of the camber
of the beams. Prestressed concrete beam camber is predicted by taking into
account the relaxation of the steel prestressing tendons which works to flatten
beam camber, and creep of the concrete under the load of the prestressing
tendons which tends to increase beam camber. The factors of beam camber need
to be investigated to improve this prediction and produce better ride quality
on Oklahoma bridges.
Deterioration of prestressed concrete members at bridge ends. Research is
needed to identify the causes of deterioration. Also, practical methods are
needed to fix such problems.
Load rating of bridges. Research is needed to develop reliable methods for
rating of bridges with weak/distressed elements.
Bridge replacement strategy. Many bridges (overpasses) on Will Rogers and
Turner Turnpikes are over fifty years old and need to be replaced. Research
is needed to develop a prioritization strategy for the replacement of these
Transportation infrastructure security. Man-made or natural disasters involving
transportation infrastructure can pose serious threats to our national security.
Research is needed to develop simulation techniques for identifying the vulnerability
of transportation infrastructure.
Impact of nighttime construction. Construction-related delays are responsible
for significant highway user costs. Research is needed to examine the impact
of nighttime construction on such costs.
Infrastructure maintenance and intelligent transportation. Intelligent transportation
systems require embedding sensors to bridges and pavements. Research is needed
to develop pertinent construction and maintenance methods for both concrete
and asphalt structures.
Database for unbound aggregates. Unbound aggregates are widely used by ODOT
and OTA as pavement bases. A database is needed with relevant properties including
resilient modulus that can be readily used in pavement design with such aggregates.
Effectiveness of contracts with special provisions. Evaluate the effectiveness
of pavement contracts (at least two concrete and two asphalt) with “percent
within limits special provisions.”
5. Bottom-Up and IDEA Projects
The topics of bottom-up and IDEA projects proposed by investigators should
be consistent with the OTC theme, and pertain to one of the aforementioned
focus areas, including “environmental” as one of the thematic
6. Proposal Format
Each proposal should be limited to ten pages, with line spacing not less
than 1.5 and font size Times New Roman 12 point or equivalent. One-inch margin
should be maintained on all sides. The following outline must be followed:
(1) Problem Statement; (2) Research Approach and Methodology; (3) Expected
Results; (4) Deliverables; (5) Qualifications; (6) Facilities; (7) Itemized
Budget (including indirect costs); (8) Budget Justification, and (9) Time
Schedule. Each proposal should clearly indicate the “research focus
or thematic area” it pertains to. Also, a proposal seeking funding for
a “Top-Down” project must indicate the “topic.” All
proposals must have institutional approval (appropriately routed) for submission.
All proposals must be submitted on or before April 30, 2004 before 5:00
p.m. An electronic (MS Word) copy (CD) and a hard copy must be submitted to:
Planning and Research Division Engineer
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
200 N.E. 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
8. Selection Process and Criteria
The proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the OTC Executive Committee,
which includes ten persons, two from each OTC university, two from ODOT, and
two from OTA. Additional reviews by others may be solicited, as needed. The
following criteria will be used in selecting the proposals:
(i) Relevance and importance of results to OTC/ODOT/OTA mission 60%
(ii) Implementation potential (short-term/long-term) 10%
(iii) Degree of innovation 15%
(iv) Collaboration with industry and/or OTC institutions 15%
The OTC may ask the Principal Investigator of a selected proposal to revise
the proposed budget and work scope, if necessary, depending upon the availability
of funds and review outcome. Also, the number of proposals selected for funding
will depend upon the availability of funds, quality of proposals and other
9. Consultation Prior to Submitting Proposal
OTC strongly suggests proposal writers to consult with appropriate technical
and operations personnel at ODOT and OTA prior to preparing and submitting
proposals. Also, OTC encourages partnerships with industry (in kind and/or
cash match), OTC institutions (OSU, OU, and LU), and with public agencies
apart from ODOT and OTA. The selection criteria include up to 15% credit for
For questions regarding the submission and review of proposals, please contact:
Gorman Gilbert, Oklahoma State University, Phone: (405) 744-5190, E-Mail:
email@example.com; Sherman Lewis, Langston University, Phone: (405) 962-1660,
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Musharraf Zaman, University of Oklahoma, Phone:
(405) 325-4236, E-Mail: Zaman@ou.edu