A program of the Minnesota Local Road Research Board

Have you ever wondered if the results of your fiddling in the shop would interest other maintenance workers or supervisors? Do you need funding to develop your ideas?

If so, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board's Local Operational Research Assistance Program is for you. With Local OPERA, you can share your ideas with other agencies and road crews and get the funding you need to bring your ideas to life.

OPERA's purpose is to:

  • Fund and share innovations in operations, construction, and maintenance relating to methods, materials, and equipment.
  • Encourage a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation network.
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Apply for Funding

OPERA funds projects up to $20,000 through a request-for-proposal process. Proposed projects should focus on the timely development of relevant ideas or methods that improve transportation or maintenance operations.

OPERA funding is now available. Proposals will be considered as they are received, so early submissions are encouraged.

Project examples, eligibility requirements, and submission instructions are available on the funding page.

Completed Projects

Help us spread the word!

Innovation starts with you. Download our poster (PDF) and help encourage others to submit their great ideas! The poster provides information on Mousetrap competition submissions and Local OPERA Program funding.

Annual Reports

From 2005 to 2014, the Local OPERA Program compiled annual reports featuring highlights from projects completed during each fiscal year.

More information

With questions about the program or for more information, please contact Mindy Carlson at mnltap@umn.edu or 612-626-1077.