The Research Program supported by Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) provides opportunities to creatively solve MDT’s transportation issues. MDT uses applied research to discover, develop, and extend knowledge that improves Montana’s statewide transportation system creatively and innovatively. Applied research is used to answer a question or solve a problem.

Applied research includes progressive iterations that lead to new approaches or methods on the ground; with each iteration, details lead research project teams to find or create implementable results.

Research Project Process

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Applied Research can lead to

  • Added efficiency, cost-effectiveness, or quality to processes
  • Expanded Safety improvements
  • Increased economic vitality
  • Enhanced sensitivity to the environment and waterways

Research Databases – publicly searchable


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High Value Research

States compete to determine the valuable research.


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Request for Proposals

Looking for research ideas that are out for proposals?


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What's New

Review MDT’s recently published research documents and annual reports.


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Traffic Safety Culture Pooled Fund

See what the state consortium has developed.


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All research venues have different requirements and approaches; the MDT Research staff can guide you in your journey to discover the answers you need. For more information, please contact us (mdtresearchXYZmtABCgov or 406-444-7693).