Writing Your Problem Statement
NCHRP Project 08-36 research problem statements should be no more than two pages long and should contain the following information in the order listed. Download template here.
Background - in one to two paragraphs
- should briefly and immediately convey what the research is about
Statement of Urgency - in one to two paragraphs
- briefly explain why this research is needed.
Project Objective - in a few sentences
- briefly explain why this research is needed now, who will use it, and how they will benefit from using it
Relationship to Existing Body of Knowledge
- in one to two paragraphs
- concisely describe what the product of this research will be
List of Anticipated Work Tasks
- briefly explain how this project is different from, or related to, other research
- explain whether it supplements, updates, replaces existing knowledge or if it will yield new benefits
- identify any highly related research
Estimate of Funds Needed
- list the major activities and or interim deliverables that will be required
- include only the necessary details on how the contractor might carry out the work
Estimate of Time Needed to Complete the Research
- should not exceed $100,000
Name and Contact Information of Submitter(s)
- should not exceed one year
Advice on writing successful research problem statements can be found at http://www.trb.org/ResearchFunding/AppendixAWritingaResearchStatement.aspx.
Literature reviews may be conducted by performing key work searches on the Transportation Research Information Services database (TRIS) at http://tris.trb.org/ and the Research in Progress database http://rip.trb.org/.
A complete list of active and completed NCHRP Project 08-36 projects is available on the TRB website at http://188.8.131.52/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=909.
For additional information, please contact:
NCHRP Staff Officer