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USDOT Extends Small Business Innovation Research Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is pleased to highlight the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program’s fiscal year 2017 solicitation. This solicitation will be issued through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), and the program will be extended through September 30, 2017.

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The USDOT SBIR program is a highly competitive, awards-based program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research or research and development (R/R&D) addressing high priority research areas within the USDOT. This program favors research that has the potential for commercialization through products and applications sold to the private sector transportation industry, State Departments of Transportation, USDOT, or other federal agencies. Small businesses that participate in the USDOT’s SBIR program have developed numerous new and innovative technologies benefitting the department and the public, while providing small businesses a basis for growth.

The solicitation will be open from October 19 – December 21, 2016. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite U.S. small businesses to submit innovative research proposals that respond to the research topics described in the solicitation.

The SBIR program solicitation and any related documents can be accessed on the Volpe Center’s website.  Offerors desiring to receive electronic notification of this solicitation's posting and availability for downloading should register on the FedBizOpps website at any time. In addition, a pre-proposal webinar is being held on October 24, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time. Information on the pre-proposal webinar may also be obtained from the Volpe Center’s website.

For further details or questions, you may contact the USDOT SBIR Hotline at or 617-494-2051.

Last updated: Friday, September 22, 2017