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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.

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.

Travelers’ Rationality in Anticipatory Online Emergency Response

An innovative project at the North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T), sponsored by the Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility (CATM), a Tier 1 UTC, is seeking to reduce the time needed for emergency response vehicles (ERVs) to respond to a sequence of emergency service requests while considering the behaviors of travelers stuck in traffic. The Travelers’ Rationality in Anticipatory Online Emergency Response project could improve on...

Improving the Functionality and Resilience of Roadway Tunnels

Road tunnels are an important component of transportation infrastructure. Increased urbanization, population density and traffic congestion demand greater investments in underground transportation infrastructure. Underground transportation offers better traffic efficiency and long-term sustainability, but it also poses special design, operation and maintenance challenges. Public safety and traffic efficiency can be severely affected when hazardous events cause a major tunnel in a high...

Installation of a Smart Roadway Testbed in Brooklyn, NY to Measure the Impact of Overweight Trucks

Our January 2020 newsletter highlights the work of one of our USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, Connected Cities with Smart Transportation (C2SMART).  C2SMART has been researching the damage caused by illegal overweight trucks on bridges and pavements in urban areas. Associate Director and Professor Hani Nassif from the Rutgers Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation

(RIME) Group leads this multi-year effort along with ...