University Transportation Centers Program

 

To provide grants to nonprofit institutions of higher learning for the purpose of establishing and operating university transportation centers that conduct research, education, and technology transfer programs addressing regional and national transportation issues.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.701
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Accomplishments of the UTC Program are expected to continue advancing the capabilities of the nation’s universities to conduct needed transportation research on local, regional and national issues, and educate the future transportation workforce, while continuing to enhance the degree of collaboration between and among universities, develop partnerships with state and local government. Accomplishments of the UTC Program are expected to continue advancing the capabilities of the nation’s universities to conduct needed transportation research on local, regional and national issues, and educate the future transportation workforce, while continuing to enhance the degree of collaboration between and among universities, develop partnerships with state and local government.
Fiscal Year 2019 Accomplishments of the UTC Program are expected to continue advancing the capabilities of the nation’s universities to conduct needed transportation research on local, regional and national issues, and educate the future transportation workforce, while continuing to enhance the degree of collaboration between and among universities, develop partnerships with state and local government.
Authorization
Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Title 49 , Part 5505(b)(4)(B) , Public Law 114-6061
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is a funding and authorization bill to govern federal surface transportation spending.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For the program's competitive grants, public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning that have established transportation research programs. Non-competitive grants must also be to public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning but may or may not have established programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For the program's competitive grants, public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning that have established transportation research programs. Non-competitive grants must also be to public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning but may or may not have established programs.
Credentials/Documentation
A formal application outlining in detail how the institution meets program mission and goals; proposed management of the center; detailed delineation of organization, staff, faculty, and budget.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Pre-application coordination is required. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and identify the research priority area and type of UTC for which they are applying for grant funding.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The complete steps for applying for assistance will be found in the UTC Grant Solicitation. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE NO ACTIVE SOLICITATIONS OPEN.
Award Procedure
Proposals are evaluated by a Departmental panel of SMEs on the basis of demonstrated ability toward the current goals of the Department. The selection is made by the Secretary.
Deadlines
June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017 Regions 1, 2 and 3 have a proposal submission deadline of August 18, 2017. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 4 months.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Awarded FAST Act Grants receive incremental funding each year upon satisfactory completion of prior-year work. Subject to the availability of authorized funds.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The University Transportation Centers will address surface transportation problems and issues and will seek solutions to both long-range and immediate transportation problems. See below for information about grant matching requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Consistent with OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200.
Records
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. Subject to the type of grant awarded. Regional and national grants = 100%; Tier 1 = 50%

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Three, four, or five years as designated in the authorizing legislation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Grants Manager
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Office of Innovation, Research, and Education (RDT-30); Department of Transportation; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 US
Denise.E.Dunn@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-4985.
Fax: 202-493-2993
Website Address
https://www.transportation.gov/utc/
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-0417-3-0-000
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$67,745,500.00; FY 19 est $8,147,000.00; FY 20 est $77,500,000.00; - Two new National UTCs awarded through a competitive competition were funded in FFY2019 for 2,500,000 each. FY 2019 obligations include: 1) National = 5 @ $2,840,000 ea.; *Regional =7 @ $2,618,100 ea. ; Tier 1= 20 @ $1,420,000. 2) three regional Centers at $5,179,500 each(FY17 and FY18 allocations) and 3) two new National Centers @ $2,500,000 each.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Posted on the University Transportation Centers Program website at http://utc.dot.gov.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Projects are anticipated to be based on the Department's six research priority areas. Projects are required to be based on the Department’s six research priority areas and include new and continued research in various disciplines that cover several modes of surface transportation.
Fiscal Year 2019 Projects will continue to be based on the Department’s six research priority areas and include new and continued research in various disciplines that cover several modes of surface transportation.

 



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