Research

Introducing Iowa Highway Research Board (IHRB)

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The IHRB was established in 1950 to provide guidance and oversight for the use of the secondary road research funds. Years later, the IHRB is still fulfilling that role, overseeing about 20 new projects each year involving transportation issues in Iowa. The value earned from this research is continually returned to Iowa taxpayers multifold through cost savings of innovations, improved safety and implementation of proactive technologies. For more information, please see our current business plan.

Research ideas, problem statements and proposals

The IHRB encourages submission of research ideas and problem statements. If you have an idea that may merit evaluation for research, please visit the Research Topic and Funding Request page to submit a new research topic. The Iowa Highway Research Board will periodically publish Request for Proposals (RFP) - the majority of research efforts will be focused on these topics. Visit the RFP page (coming soon) for more information and to sign up to receive notifications on new RFP’s posted. Proposals submitted to the IHRB outside of these requested areas may be accepted on only a limited, case-by-case basis.

IHRB meetings

The IHRB generally holds meetings on the last Friday of every month; however, the board does not meet in January or August. The November and December meetings are combined, taking place the same week as the Iowa County Engineer Association Conference (in the first part of December). Once approved, previous meeting minutes are available and posted on our website. The agenda for each meeting is prepared approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date and posted on our website. Future meeting dates planned for the next four years are available here.