Transportation Statistics Research Grants


To support development of the field of transportation statistics and advance research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/10/2005 (Program inactive. Not funded in last 3 fiscal years.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
This is a new program; accomplishments have yet to be determined.
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Section 5109.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public and private nonprofit institutions of higher education. Proposals from Minority Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Government entities, public and private transportation-related organizations and institutions.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
There are no preapplication requirements. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
Application Procedure
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics periodically publishes a notice in the Federal Register soliciting applications and describing the application procedure. Contact the Bureau for application information.
Award Procedure
The Federal Register notice will describe the application review process and selection criteria. The Bureau Director makes the final decision to approve a grant.
Deadlines are announced in the Federal Register notice.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Sixty to 120 days.
A multi-year grant may be applied for. The Bureau will also consider requests for no-cost extensions.
How are proposals selected?
Federal Register notices describe the criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Grants will support research or development in transportation statistics or support the development of the field of transportation statistics.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Financial reporting as required under OMB Circulars A- 102 and A-110. Quarterly progress reports and a final report are required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. For projects assisting private businesses, audits will be conducted in accordance with 48 CFR Chapter I subpart 31.2, "Contracts with Commercial Organizations."
All records relating to the program shall be retained for a period of not less than 3 years from the date of submission of fund expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
For awards of $100,000 or more, the recipient must fund at least 50 percent of the cost of the project. This cost sharing must be cash, and not in-kind contributions. In reviewing all applications, even those requesting less than $100,000, the degree of cost sharing will be considered.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of time of awards will vary with the complexity of the project. Awards may be made for periods greater than 1 year. The Federal share will be reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred; cash advances will not be made. Funds placed under obligation remain available until expended.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Promod Chandhok, Office of Statistical Programs and Services, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2158. Fax: (202) 366-3640. Email:
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $500,000; FY 03 $500,000; and FY 04 est $500,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $25,000 to $200,000. Average: $75,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Research into indicators of air travel accessibility, highway travel exposure measures, and using intelligent databases for motor carrier safety.


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