Advanced Bridge Technology Clearinghouse (ABTC) Development


A relevant University Transportation Center and its team should develop and implement for Bridge Technologies a clearing house which will act as a repository of design & technology data, best practices and be a system for disseminating the information to practitioners and general public in a suitable and easily understandable format.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 117-58
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA; P. L. 117-58, November 15,2021) (commonly known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” or “BIL”), as amended by the Joint Explanatory Statement Division L-Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022, (BILLS 117RCP35 JES DIVISION L, March 2022).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This procurement is limited to proposals from University Transportation Centers and its sub-tier team consisting of one or more individuals, entities and/or professional organizations with either Not-for-Profit or For-Profit status.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations. o Unique entity identifier from Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS number) o NCAGE/CAGE code o registration
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for this listing will be posted on (opens in new window)(opens in new window). Eligible Entities must have the following: 1) a secure a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI, formerly DUNS number) for the purposes of formal application. The Unique Entity Identifier is a unique, 12-character alphanumeric value that identifies your organization. Each applicant's Unique Entity Identifier will be maintained as part of the applicant's profile. This number can be obtained through the Federal government's System for Award Management or system; and, 2) each applicant must both register with and register its Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) with 3) To submit an application through (, an applicant must register for a user ID and password. 4) Additional proposal criteria include: 1. All applicants will be a registered user with a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and a maintained account in the System for Award Management, 2. Applications will include a technical proposal not exceeding 25 pages indicating the objectives, detailed approach to performing the statement of work indicated in the NoFO, team members their expertise and qualifications relevant to the work to be performed, project management plan, milestone chart, list of product deliverables and benefits to stakeholders from the successful completion of the project.
Award Procedure
OST-R staff will conduct an initial compliance review of applications to identify any that are incomplete, non-responsive to this Notice of Funding Opportunity, or ineligible to receive a ABTC Cooperative Agreement, followed by a Technical Merit and Project Readiness Review of each criterion. For each criterion, USDOT will consider whether the application narrative is responsive to the selection criterion focus areas which will result in a rating of 'High,' 'Medium,' 'Low,' or 'Non-Responsive.' Only applications rated as 'Highly Recommended' or 'Recommended' will be reviewed by a Senior Review Team (SRT). One relevant UTC will be awarded the grant based on the recommendations by the technical proposal evaluation team and Contracting Officer's assessment of cost and other compliance requirements. The award will be on a fixed price basis, up to a maximum of $ 5,000,000 federal funds. The awardee shall cost match for not less than 50% of the federal award amount.
Proposals are due 2023-MM-DD Project should be completed within 60 months from the date of award. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Not applicable
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The significant evaluation factors include, but not limited to, the UTC team's experience in (i) bridge technology(ies), (ii) research & transportation issues assessment, (iii) computerized database and AI architecture design, robotics, (iv) remote inspection technology capabilities, (v) evaluating environmental effects (on bridges), and (vi) other scientific disciplines of relevance to the bridge technology issues. Specifically, the technical proposal will be evaluated on: 1) The make-up of the team, expertise of the team members related to bridge technology & communication of complex information in understandable formats, and their past experience. 2) The explanation provided, in understandable terms, on the architecture of the proposed bridge technology clearing house, the types of information it will house, the robustness of the information and data that will populate the database, design of data storage systems, ease of data retrieval (i.e., the I/O features and ease of use), how the retrieved data or knowledge is presented, tailormade to the level of query, and information sought. 3) Past experience of the UTC managing contractor in leading such multi-disciplinary teams and outcomes of development projects similar to the one sought. The cost proposal will be evaluated on: 1) Cost reasonableness 2) Cost matching up to 50% of total cost 3) Budget controls to achieve the work objectives
How may assistance be used?
(i) Conduct literature reviews, (ii) collect data on bridge technologies, (iii) design, construct and populate with data and information a clearinghouse on bridge technologies, (iv) provide training materials, (v) formulate information dissemination strategies to provide responses to different levels of queries.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Brief technical performance and achievement reports are due once every 6 months from the date of initiation of the project. The reports shall contain all technical work performed to date, difficulties encountered, steps taken to mitigate difficulties, achievements and the assessments and implementations to be undertaken in the immediately following period.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503 Requirements are consistent with OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, Audit Requirements, which states, "nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503."
Recipient records are required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all grant products, financial records, and supporting documents.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%. The awardee of this grant shall cost match to the extent of not less than 50 % of the federal award dollars. The cost can be in cash, labor or other justifiable materials.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The duration of performance and, hence, grant assistance under this procurement is for 60 months from the date of award. Monthly invoice together with required technical progress information with the invoice.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Caesar Singh, P.E.
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20950 US
Phone: 2023663252
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $5,000,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; - Project Grants - The FY22 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, or BIL appropriated funding amount for a cooperative grant to a relevant University Transportation Center (UTC) to develop an Advance Bridge Technology Clearinghouse. This appropriation is $ 5,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Obligations FY 23 (est.) FY 24 (est.) Cooperative Agreements $5,000,000 $0 Total $5,000,000 $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The ABTC Program recipient will establish and maintain a website for posting official information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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