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Research Contracting Mechanisms Currently In Use

ECMS –The Engineering and Construction Management System (ECMS) provides up-to-date information on PennDOT’s construction projects, construction contracts and consultant agreements. Legal agreements and work orders created under those agreements are initiated for numerous research projects. 

IGA - Intergovernmental Agreement  - Allows the Research Division to coordinate with the following universities to conduct Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and traffic operations related research: 

  • Purdue University
  • University of Maryland

Master Agreements – The Research Division coordinates with multiple state universities and colleges to conduct research through Master Agreements with the Department of General Services. Master Agreements are currently available with the following:

  • Drexel University
  • Juniata College
  • Penn State University
  • Temple University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Villanova University

Impact Resilient Infrastructure Science and Engineering (IRISE) Consortium Agreement – Members and the University of Pittsburgh comprise the IRISE Consortium.  A Steering Committee identify projects on an annual basis which are documented in the "Annual Work Program."  Each project is initiated via a Work Order where a principal investigator from the University of Pittsburgh has been identified and is uniquely qualified to perform the work. 

RFP – Request for Proposals (RFP) are utilized to competitively procure vendors for research projects.   

 Check out PennDOT's complete Research Project Listing