Transportation Planning, Research and Education

To provide funds to conduct research and development on innovative transportation systems and related applied technologies.


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Program investigated, developed and validated applications and provided products to monitor and assess infrastructure condition of bridges, pavements and other transportation infrastructure.

Fiscal Year 2017: In FY2017, review of final project reports and close-out will also be completed.

Fiscal Year 2018: Conduct research into developing a set of recommended adoption/implementation guidelines for use by the stakeholder community in the process of implementing Remote Sensing technologies within their individual agencies.

Organize workshops to disseminate research information.


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
Jackson State University $ 712,500   2010-01-222012-09-30
Spokane Regional Transportation Council $ 237,500   2011-03-032012-03-02
University Of Mississippi $ 475,000   2010-07-012011-12-31
Delaware State University $ 3,283,000   2008-08-012009-07-31
University Of Missouri-rolla $ 930,600   2006-09-052006-09-30
Mississippi State University $ 837,540   2006-09-152006-09-30
University Of Missouri $ 651,418   2006-09-152006-09-30
Chicot-desha Metro Port Authority $ 282,720   2006-09-052006-09-30
Texas Transportation Institute $ 463,500   2006-09-012006-09-30
Traffic Improvement Association $ 230,186   2006-08-092006-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Conducted applied research in commercial remote sensing and spatial information technologies for application to national transportation infrastructure development and construction. The Program investigated, developed and validated new applications and provided products to monitor and assess infrastructure condition of bridges, pavements and other transportation infrastructure. In addition, the Program developed remote sensing applications to optimize freight movements in urban areas and in and around ports. Spatial information technologies, such as GIS and GPS systems, were deployed to assist in these research investigations. Fiscal Year 2017: Conduct applied research in commercial remote sensing and spatial information technologies for application to national transportation infrastructure development and construction. The Program will investigate, develop and validate new applications and provide products to monitor and assess infrastructure condition of bridges, pavements and other transportation infrastructure. In addition, the Program develops remote sensing applications to optimize freight movements in urban areas and in and around ports. Spatial information technologies, such as GIS and GPS systems, will be deployed to assist in these research investigations. Review of final project reports and close-out will also be completed. Fiscal Year 2018: Conduct research into developing a set of recommended adoption/implementation guidelines for use by the stakeholder community in the process of implementing Remote Sensing technologies within their individual agencies. Organize workshops to disseminate research information.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants may be used for innovative technology based projects directed towards application on national transportation infrastructure development and construction in planning, design and operations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

These grants are mandated by Congress in US DOT's Annual Appropriation Legislation.

Therefore, only those organizations specifically identified in the appropriation legislation can apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public Non-Profit Institutions/Organizations; Sponsored Organizations; State; Local; Other Public Institutions; Federal Recognized Indian Tribal Government; US Territory or Possession; Private Non-Profit Institutions/Organizations; Quasi-Public Non-Profit Institutions/Organizations; Native American Organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget. Costs were determined in accordance with relevant OMB circulars (i.e. Circular Nos. A-87 for State and Local Governments, A-21 for Educational Institutions and A-122 for Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations). This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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. The Broad Agency Announcement containing the solicitation shall be submitted via FedBizOpps.gov. Grantees were required to complete the suite of SF-424 forms and the appropriate representations and certifications.

Award Procedures

The award procedure typically required two-step process ? White Papers and Full Technical and Cost Proposals.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The deadlines, if any, were established in each grant application package.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Requests were submitted to the Program Office for approval.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 50%. Fifty (50) percent non-Federal matching requirements was per SAFETEA-LU legislation language. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The typical length of the cooperative agreements averaged 2.5 years and expenditures were reimbursed on a quarterly basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds were reimbursed.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Mandatory quarterly reports; final project report.

SF-270.

Mandatory quarterly reports.

SF-425.

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.

Records

Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of each grant. Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education, other nonprofit organizations, and commercial organizations and in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and local governments.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-0102-0-1-407.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Obligations are from FY2012 residual no year money.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range is between $500,000 ? to $1.5 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Caesar Singh 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20950 Email: Caesar.Singh@dot.gov Phone: (202) 366-3252.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Concept, technical approach, cost, background, and partnerships.



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