Research Grants


A. Rural Transportation Research Initiative, North Dakota State University ?s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute must carry out the Rural Transportation Research Initiative. B. Hydrogen-Powered Transportation Research Initiative, University of Montana must carry out the Hydrogen-Powered Transportation Research Initiative. C. Cold Region and Rural Transportation Research, Maintenance, and Operations, Montana State University?s Western Transportation Institute is to develop a research facility in Lewistown, Montana, for basic and applied research and testing on surface transportation issues facing rural and cold regions. D. Advanced Vehicle Technology, University of Kansas Transportation Research Institute is to research and develop advanced vehicle technology concepts, focused on vehicle emissions, fuel cells and catalytic processes, and intelligent transportation systems. E. Renewable Transportation Systems Research, University of Vermont is to research, develop and field test of hydrogen fuel cell and biofuel transportation technology. F. Alternative Fuels and Life Cycle Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology are to conduct applied research for alternative fuel vehicle testing and analysis and manufacturing technology. G. National Cooperative Freight Research Program established with the National Academy of Sciences supports and carries out administrative and management activities relating to the governance of the national cooperative freight transportation research program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Rural Transportation Research Initiative - By December 2016, researchers will have conducted a comprehensive analysis of currently legal truck configurations in North Dakota. Rural Transportation Research Initiative - Researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of currently legal truck configurations in North Dakota.
Fiscal Year 2019 NCFRP will end on December 31, 2019.
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFTEA_LU), Public Law 109-59, 423 U.S.C. 117 and 502
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Legislated grants in SAFETEA-LU Section 5513(d),(g) and (i) and Section 5209.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All listed beneficiaries will benefit from results produced by these research efforts.
A formal application outlining how the institution will meet the project scope; detailed delineation of organization, staff, faculty and budget. Costs are determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. It is recommended that applicants use the procedures prescribed in to facilitate an electronic application process. This will allow applicants the opportunity to submit all required forms, along with the necessary technical and cost proposals as prescribed in the relevant Opportunity description.
Award Procedure
These are Congressional earmark grants.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The National Academy of Science and grantees will conduct research according to the provisions provided in SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59), August 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1406. The Department’s role will be to manage the grants, provide technical collaboration, coordinate with the grantee to best address related DOT program needs and ensure that no unnecessary duplication of effort exists with other DOT projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: OST-R monitors all grant awards with site visits and report reviews.
Institutions of higher education or other non-profit organizations are subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501-7507) and revised OMB Circular A-133.
Grantee is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit finding, 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. 20%. There is a 20% matching requirement for the surface transportation research grants only.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
See SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59) for additional information. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dawn Tucker-Thomas
1200 New Jersey Avenue, E33-464
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: (202) 366-7253
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$500K to $22M. Averaged $2.25M
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 220 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions and 2 CFR Part 215 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Organizations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Two NCFRP projects: F-49, Understanding and Using New Truck Data Sources to Address Urban Freight Challenges ($600,000) and F-50, Freight Resiliency: Dealing with major Cargo Traffic Diversions in National Emergencies ($600,000). Under the Rural Transportation Research Initiative, researchers completed a comprehensive analysis of legal truck configurations in North Dakota. Under NCFRP, eleven potential projects were provided to the NCFRP Oversight Committee for reviewing and rating. Rating ballots from the NCFRP Oversight Committee was due and projects were selected. The request for proposals was released with proposals due January 19, 2016. Project panels met thereafter to select research contractors.
Fiscal Year 2019 NCFRP will end on December 31, 2019.


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