U.S. DOT announces grant opportunity for four new University Transportation Research Centers

The department intends to fund UTCs in the areas of automated transportation, communications technology, and more

April 01, 2020
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As part of its University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the U.S. 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," U.S. DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary Diana Furchtgott-Roth said in a statement. "Four new UTCs will address a variety of important 21st century transportation topics.”

Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity, the department intends to fund one UTC in each of the following specific topic areas:

  • Highly automated transportation systems research
  • Communications technology and e-commerce effects on travel demand
  • Implications of accessible automated vehicles and mobility services for people with disabilities
  • 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.

U.S. DOT says these Tier 1 UTCs will support research needs that the department has identified under two of the FAST Act research priorities: “Promoting Safety” and “Improving Mobility of People and Goods.”