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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Competitive Grant Solicitation for Nearly $5 Million for Four New University Transportation Research Centers

Thursday, April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – As part of its University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking applications from institutions of higher education for four new Tier 1 UTCs, with total awards of $4.925 million.

“Our University Transportation Centers are not only the seeds of our future transportation system, they serve as living labs, bringing research to reality.  Four new UTCs will address a variety of important 21st century transportation topics,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Diana Furchtgott-Roth.

Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity, DOT intends 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; or
  4. Strategic Implications of Changing Public Transportation Travel Trends.

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.

These Tier 1 UTCs will support research needs that DOT has identified under two of the FAST Act research priorities (49 U.S.C. § 6503(c)(1)): “Promoting Safety” and “Improving Mobility of People and Goods.”

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available now at For more information on the UTC program, contact Nancy Wilochka, (202) 366-5128.