CTS Research Partnership Award
The benefits of effective research far surpass the corresponding investment and implementation. To develop, conduct, and implement research effectively, advanced skills and in-depth knowledge are required. The necessary knowledge and skills are not found in one individual, in one discipline, or even in one sector of our society. Rather, the most effective research comes about through partnerships and teamwork.
This award recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation, and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results.
Submit a Nomination
- Nominations can be submitted in two ways:
- Nomination deadline is Friday, January 23, 2015.
- Please note: When submitting an online nomination, you must complete the entire form at one time. You will not be able to save your progress and return to the form at a later time. A list of required information is provided below.
The evaluation committee consists of members from the CTS Education and Outreach Council as well as CTS Scholars. The committee will review the nominations and recommend a selection to the CTS director for approval. The award will be presented at the CTS annual awards ceremony in April 2015.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-1745.
When submitting a nomination, please be prepared to provide all of the following information.
- Project title, budget, timeline, and purpose
- Project partners
- What is the significance of the research findings?
- How has the research been implemented or used?
- When was it implemented, and how long has it been in the field?
- What are the accrued, quantifiable benefits?
- How were the diverse skills or knowledge of the partners combined to produce synergy for the project? How did these skills come into play?
To be considered for this award, a group of individuals must have worked together on one or more research projects and implementation efforts that have the following qualities:
- a research component led by University of Minnesota faculty or research staff
- involvement of University of Minnesota students
- significant findings
- measured benefits as a result of implementing the research findings or adding to the bank of existing knowledge
- documented costs in research and implementation
In addition, the nominated group of individuals must have:
- represented multiple sectors (i.e., public, academic, private) of our society
- acquired diverse skills and knowledge
- demonstrated the synergistic effect of the partnership
Traffic volumes are a basic input for transportation planning and engineering. For estimating vehicular traffic, there are sophisticated, comprehensive monitoring systems. For monitoring nonmotorized traffic, however, comparable systems have not been established, and there is a lack of basic information for
This study aimed to develop general guidance and consistent methods for counting bicyclists and pedestrians in Minnesota. The research team created a set of tools and methods for short-duration manual counts of nonmotorized traffic, held training workshops, and organized a statewide counting effort involving 43 Minnesota municipalities. Based on the overall results of the study, the research team developed recommendations for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and the initiative is moving forward on a broader scale.
Project partners were:
- Minnesota Department of Health: Amber Dallman, SHIP Communities
- MnDOT: Lisa Austin, Jasna Hadzic, Tim Mitchell, Greta Alquist, Gina Mitteco, Melissa Barnes, Bruce Holdhusen, Dan Warzala, Gene Hicks, Carson Gorecki, Mark Flinner
- Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota: Greg Lindsey, Capstone and Practicum Students
- Dakota County: Daniel Patterson
- City of Minneapolis: Simon Blenski
- Duluth – Metropolitan Interstate Council: James Gittemeier
- Rochester – Olmsted County: Muhammad Khan
- Hennepin County: Jason Pieper
- Department of Natural Resources: Tim Kelly
- Transit for Livable Communities: Joan Pasiuk
- Three Rivers Park District: Thomas Mercier
- SRF Consulting Group: Erik Minge
- Toole Design: Tony Hull
Two other projects received special recognition this year:
- Manufacturers' Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest Minnesota
- Effect of Signing and Striping on the Safety of a Two-Lane Roundabout