Research Grants


Rural Transportation Research Initiative, North Dakota State University ?s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute must carry out the Rural Transportation Research Initiative.


Hydrogen-Powered Transportation Research Initiative, University of Montana must carry out the
Hydrogen-Powered Transportation Research Initiative.


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.


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.


Renewable Transportation Systems Research, University of Vermont is to research, develop and field test of hydrogen fuel cell and biofuel transportation technology.


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.
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 2017: NCFRP will continue to work on two projects prior to close-out.

Fiscal Year 2018: NCFRP will end on December 31, 2018.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Colorado State University $ 190,655   2018-03-152021-09-14
University Of Arkansas System $ 186,071   2016-05-012018-09-30
University Of Arkansas System $ 600   2012-08-302016-12-31
University Of Kansas Center For Research, Inc. $ 2,920,549   2006-09-282014-08-31
Loyola University Health System $ 39,750   2008-09-102013-09-09
Lawrence Technological University $ 1,093,455   2006-07-152012-07-14
Rochester Institute Of Technology (inc) $ 1,373,814   2006-11-292011-11-28
National Conference Of State Legislatures $ 175,000   2008-09-052011-09-30
Montana State University $ 1,223,431   2006-09-192011-09-30
North Dakota State University $ 414,358   2006-09-262011-03-10

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Rural Transportation Research Initiative - Researchers conducted a comprehensive analysis of currently legal truck configurations in North Dakota. Fiscal Year 2017: NCFRP will continue to work on two projects prior to close-out. Fiscal Year 2018: NCFRP will end on December 31, 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grantees will conduct research according to the provisions provided in SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59), August 10, 2005, 119 Stat.


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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Legislated grants in SAFETEA-LU Section 5513(d),(g) and (i).

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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. It is recommended tha 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 presecied in the relevant Opportunity description.

Award Procedures

This is a Congressional earmark grant.


Not Applicable.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

See award procedures.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. There is a 20% matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

See SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59) for additional information. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly reports.


Annual reports are required.


OST-R monitors all grant awards with site visits and report reviews.


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. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No new funding but previously obligated funds enables activities to continue.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$500K to $5M. 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dawn Tucker-Thomas, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, E33-464, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-1300.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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