Opportunity number
Department of Transportation (DOT)
University Transportation Centers Program
Due date
June 1, 2020, Letter of Intent requested (not required) by May 4, 2020
Education Information Technologies Infrastructure Transportation
Project funding
$1M - $1.9M
Program funding
Funding size
Below $2M

University Transportation Centers Program Tier 1 Competition 2020

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology, and develops the next generation of transportation professionals. The Congressionally-mandated program has been in place since 1987 to help address our nation’s ever-growing need for the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.

Each UTC is a consortium of two- and four-year colleges and universities that come together to form a unique center of transportation excellence on a specific research topic. Together, they advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through education, solutions-oriented research and technology transfer, and the exploration and sharing of cutting-edge ideas and approaches.

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation seeks applications for four new Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, intending (subject to the merits of applications received) to fund one UTC in each of the following specific topic areas:

  1. Highly Automated Transportation Systems Research
  2. Communications Technology and E-Commerce Effects on Travel Demand
  3. Implications of Accessible Automated Vehicles and Mobility Services for People with Disabilities
  4. Strategic Implications of Changing Public Transportation Travel Trends

Under statutory restrictions, lead/grantee universities on the twenty current Tier 1 UTCs with grants initially awarded in 2016 are not eligible to receive one of the new Tier 1 grants; non-lead consortium-member universities on current Tier 1 UTCs are eligible. More information about this is contained in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Research and Development

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Apply on grants.gov

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Only U.S. non-profit institutions of higher education are eligible to apply or to be members of a proposed UTC consortium. Non-profit institutions of higher education may include qualifying two-year institutions.

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

National Institute for Congestion Reduction.
Research Priority: Reducing Congestion
UTC Partners: Lead University: University of South Florida, Consortium Members: University of California Berkeley, Texas A&M University, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Research Priority: Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure
UTC Partners: Lead University: Pennsylvania State University, Consortium Members: George Mason University, Lehigh University, Morgan State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University.

Teaching Old Models New Tricks (TOMNET)
Research Priority: Improving Mobility of People and Goods
UTC Partners: Lead University: Arizona State University, Consortium Members: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of South Florida, University of Washington.

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