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.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 2017: Projects are 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 2018: 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.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.


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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Washington State University $ 2,500,000   2019-07-012023-09-30
University Of South Florida $ 2,500,000   2019-07-012023-09-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 7,750,100   2018-06-052023-09-30
University Of Maine System $ 7,750,100   2018-06-052023-09-30
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 7,750,100   2018-06-052023-09-30
University Of South Florida $ 4,209,600   2013-09-302022-09-30
University Of Texas At Austin $ 5,639,200   2016-12-022022-09-30
University Of Texas At Arlington $ 5,639,200   2016-12-022022-09-30
University Of North Carolina At Charlotte, The $ 5,639,200   2016-12-022022-09-30
Board Of Regents Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 5,639,200   2016-12-022022-09-30



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. Fiscal Year 2017: 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 2018: 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.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) was submitted by each grantee through ?Grants.gov? for the balance of Federal Funding for Fiscal Year 2015, under MAP-21, which was awarded to 35 grantees in the first quarter of FY 2016 (December 2016) Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act A full and open competitive selection process for new grants is currently underway. Selection will be based on having the following: 1) one grant in each of ten standard Federal regions of the U.S.; 2) one national UTC to lead research in each of the six research priority areas; and 3) up to 20 Tier 1 grants with no locational restrictions. 093 Award Procedure: An Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) is to be submitted by each grantee through ?Grants.gov? prior to the deadline for submission. Proposals received under the FAST Act solicitation will be evaluated by knowledgeable and experienced subject matter experts drawn from the transportation research community and the US DOT The selection will be made based on reviewers? recommendations forwarded to a committee comprised of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, and other US DOT modal administrators as appropriate. This committee will present recommended recipients to the Secretary of Transportation of final decision.

Award Procedures

Proposals received for the recompete solicitation will be evaluated by a Departmental panel on the basis of demonstrated ability toward the current goals of the Department. The selection will be made by the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.

Deadlines

Jun 12, 2017 to Aug 18, 2017: Regions 1, 2 and 3 have a proposal submission deadline of August 18, 2017.

Authorization

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP?21), Title 49, Part 5505(b)(4)(B) , Public Law 112-Sec. 52009 ; Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Title 49 , Part 5505(b)(4)(B) , Public Law 114-6061.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 4 months.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

MAP-21 Grants - grantees received the final four-months? worth of Federal Fiscal Year 2015 funding in December 2016. FAST Act Grants - grants will be renewable each year upon satisfactory completion of prior-year work subject to the availability of authorized funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Regional and national grants = 100%; Tier 1 = 50%. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Three, four, or five years as designated in the authorizing legislation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Final technical report at the end of each research project.

SF-270 (Request for Advance or Reimbursement).

Semi-annual and annual progress and financial reports.

SF-425 (Financial Reporting Form).

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal 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. Consistent with OMB Circular No. 2 CFR 200.

Records

Recipient is 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8083-0-7-401; 69-1136-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $72,500,000; FY 17 est $75,000,000; and FY 18 est $75,000,000 - FAST ACT.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The Department competitively selected five national UTCs with an award of $3 million each, ten regional UTCs with an award of $2.75 million each, and up to 20 Tier I UTCs with an award of $1.5 million each.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Posted on the University Transportation Centers Program website at http://utc.dot.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Denise E. Dunn, 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, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Denise.E.Dunn@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-4985. Fax: 202-493-2993

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Resources available to conduct work of center; leadership in transportation; established transportation programs in prior years; ability to disseminate results (full text found in authorizing legislation at 49 U.S.C.5505(b)(4)(B) as amended by Pub. L. 112?141, Sec. 52009 (effective Oct. 1, 2012)).



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