Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge


The USDOT is encouraging cities to put forward their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing. The vision of the Smart City Challenge is to demonstrate and evaluate a holistic, integrated approach to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating this approach with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy. The USDOT intends for this challenge to address how emerging transportation data, technologies, and applications can be integrated with existing systems in a city to address transportation challenges. The USDOT seeks bold and innovative ideas for proposed demonstrations to effectively test, evaluate, and demonstrate the significant benefits of smart city concepts. See complete Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) document for application instructions, NOFO located under the "Related Documents" tab at, Funding Opportunity Number DTFH6116RA00002. For more information see The USDOT will make an award of up to $40 Million award for one mid-sized city that can demonstrate how advanced data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect underserved communities, and support economic vitality.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This funding opportunity is limited to State and local governments, tribal governments, transit agencies and authorities, public toll authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other subdivisions of a State or local government, or a multijurisdictional group applying through a single lead Applicant. Multijurisdictional group means a combination of State or local governments, metropolitan planning agencies, transit agencies, or other subdivisions of a State or local government comprised of at least 2 members, each of whom is an eligible Applicant under the terms of this paragraph.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Sarah Tarpgaard
Contracting Officer
Phone 202-366-5750
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $100,000.00 to $40,000,000.00


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