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MAT Staff June 22, 2021

Apply: Local Operational Research Assistance (OPERA)

Need funding for a great idea? Submit an OPERA proposal by September 24

Side-dumping plow truck project (Nicollet County)

Do you have an idea for a quick fix or homemade gadget that would make your job safer and more efficient? Or maybe it’s a more complicated solution that would make a big difference at your agency—if only you had the budget to get it done.

Whatever it is, the Local Operational Research Assistance (OPERA) Program wants to help you make it happen!

The program provides funding up to $20,000 per project for local agencies in Minnesota—all you have to do is send us your idea. Simply fill out the brief proposal application (DOCX) and submit it via email to Mindy Carlson at Minnesota LTAP.

Proposals are due by September 24, 2021. Funding is limited, and proposals are considered as they are received, so don’t miss your chance!

Project Examples

Your OPERA project might:

  • Build an innovative gadget
  • Solve a common problem
  • Test a new treatment or process
  • Show a better way to do a job
  • Increase safety and improve efficiency
  • Enhance maintenance operations

To see what other local agencies have done with OPERA funding, check out fact sheets and videos highlighting recently completed projects.

More Information

Program Sponsors

The Local OPERA Program is funded by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board and administered by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program.

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