Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO)
2021/22 Highway Infrastructure Innovations Funding Program (HIIFP)
- Engineering materials
- Traffic operations
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Highway design
- Investment planning
The principal researcher must be a member of the faculty (full or part-time) at the sponsoring Institution. The salary of the principal researcher is not eligible for funding under the HIIFP, and nor is the principal researcher to charge any fee in this respect.
Eligible Research Topics
A diverse range of research topics in the area of transportation and infrastructure engineering are included in this program.
- Specific Research Topics
The following topics have been identified as priority research areas for this year:
- Support for Spring Load Restriction Decisions
- Impact of Cement Changes on Determination of Aggregate Reactivity
- Automatic Road Condition Reporting: Sensors Development
- Winter Severity Index (WSI) Representation Review
- Innovative Winter Maintenance Material, Equipment and Procedures Evaluation
- Salt-impacted Soil and/or Water Remediation Strategies
- Development of Computer Tools to Analyze a Concrete Section Subject to Combined Loading
- Development of Computer Applications to Determine the Roughness of Concrete Surfaces
- Jurisdictional Scan on Utilizing Drone Technology by Transportation Agencies
- Remote Inspection on Construction Sites
- Introduction into the Systemic Approach to Safety for Ontario
- Investigating Applications of the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Technology Stack to Enhance Highway Operations
- Open Research Topics
MTO will also accept and evaluate HIIFP proposals on topics not specified in the Guidelines that the principal researcher considers relevant to highway infrastructure innovation and the Ministry’s business needs.
If you choose to submit an HIIFP application on another research topic, please carefully outline to the Ministry a clear need for the research topic(s) including how its application will enhance MTO practices and business needs.
For more information and to determine suitability of the proposed topic, contact:Olena CzajkowskiHIIFP Program CoordinatorTransportation Infrastructure Management DivisionMinistry of Transportation
Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Please submit your completed application package along with an OR-5 Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure your Associate Dean, Research (ADR) has signed the Application under 'Head of Department'. The Office of Research Services will obtain the ORS signature.
How to Apply
- MTO HIIFP Application Form (Attachment B)
- Summary of Research Proposal
- 300 words maximum, in plain language suitable for communicating with the public (Attachment C).
- Portions of this summary may be used in a media release, so the language should be non-technical and free of acronyms or jargon.
- Budget Summary (Attachment D)
- Detailed Research Proposal
- Maximum 10 pages in 12-point font
Note, requirements are described in Section 4.2
- Budget Details
- See Section 5.0 Budget
- Curriculum vitae of Principal Researcher and other principal research staff named in the Application Form
- If applicable, description of and reason for request for use of MTO Facilities and or work on MTO highways.
Information For Co-applicants
If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).
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