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Using Video Feeds from Public Traffic Cameras and Computer Vision to Analyze Social Distancing and Travel Patterns during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers at the Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Reliable Transportation (C2SMART) University Transportation Center (UTC), led by Professor Kaan Ozbay at New York University, have developed a continuous, real-time pedestrian detection framework that uses public traffic camera feeds and deep learning-based video processing to analyze sidewalk and roadway density. This framework allows researchers to capture critical data on...

AI Pedestrian Traffic Safety System

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic fatalities in the United States was 36,096 in 2019, which is more than 11.17 deaths per 100,000 population. In 2019, more than 240 people died in traffic accidents in the city of Los Angeles alone, with pedestrians accounting for more than half (55%) of these deaths.  These numbers underscore the...

METRANS Partners with City of Long Beach to Launch ITS Test Bed

The National Metropolitan Transportation Center (METRANS) Tier 1 University Transportation Center is bringing next generation micro-sensor technology toward real-world implementation through an innovative partnership with the City of Long Beach Public Works Department and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).  

Since 2012, METRANS has worked to develop a micro-wireless sensing system to be implanted underneath the pavement of roadways...

UTC Webinars: Register Now!

DOT fuels the innovative work of our top transportation researchers through University Transportation Center (UTCs) grants. Reserve your place at transportation's cutting edge. Click on the Event title to exit our site and register with the UTC host.

TTI Researchers Develop Curriculum for Transportation Emissions and Health

Researchers in the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH) have developed a cross-disciplinary course titled Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Emissions, Human Exposures, and Health. A Tier-1 University Transportation Center program, CARTEEH is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) and focuses on the intersection...

2020 Tier 1 Terms and Requirements


For Grant Numbers: 69A3552047138 – 69A3552047141
July 2020
Version 1

2020 Tier 1 UTC NOFO


Opening Date: April 2, 2020 Letter of Intent Requested: May 4, 2020 Required Application Due: June 1, 2020 Opportunity No. UTCTIER1COMP2O2O
Catalog of Notice Domestic Assistance Number 20.701
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
U.S. Department of Transportation Washington, D.C. 20590-0001



University Transportation Centers

DOT invests in the future of transportation through its University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which awards and administers grants to consortia of colleges and universities across the United States. 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.

Current Competitions


July 31, 2020: Announcement of Grant Recipients

67 UTC Tier 1 Grant Competition Applications Received:The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) received a total of 67 applications in response to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that closed on Friday, May 29. DOT expects to select 4 grants. The number of...