Small Starts Grants

The purpose of the Small Starts grants is to assist researchers who are interested in transportation but have not had an opportunity to undertake a small project consistent with NITC's theme of Improving the Mobility of People and Goods to Build Strong Communities. Awards will be no larger than $20,000.

Download the current RFP: 2017 Small Starts Grant (August 2017)

The following are examples of some of the kinds of activities we hope to support but are not meant to restrict proposals:

  • Demonstrate a proof of concept aimed at additional research
  • Activity aimed at assisting local agencies in implementing research results
  • Release time for a faculty member to work on research
  • Preliminary data collection to support research concept

Items which will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Travel not essential to conducting research or performing project tasks
  • A student-led activity or research
  • Equipment over $5,000
  • Long-term personnel support

We encourage you to discuss your project idea with the Executive Comnittee member of your campus prior to submitting your funding request.


    Faculty members and research faculty eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) at Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah may submit proposals.

    Important Dates

    • Proposal Due: September 15, 2017
    • Award Selection: Sept-Oct 2017
    • Projects begin: November 1, 2017

    Award Expectations

    • 1:1 match is required
    • Bi-annual progress reports that highlight the accomplishments and impact of the project
    • A deliverable, such as a final report or comparable product, that summarizes research findings
    • Submission of a data product that accompanies research findings
    • Other requirements as outlined in the PI Handbook and required by NITC's funder

    Proposal Evaluation

    The NITC Executive Committee and a subset of the Advisory Board will review the proposals. Funds will be available to successful applicants starting November 1, 2017 and must be expended by October 31, 2018. Small Starts grants will be based on the following:

    • Clarity and intellectual merit of research focus, project description, and timeline
    • Fit with NITC’s theme of Improving Mobility of People and Goods to Build Strong Communities
    • Probability of success
    • Priority (not exclusive) will given to: 
      • Faculty who have not received a NITC grant in the past
      • Untenured faculty, or 
      • Interdisciplinary projects

    Forms and Documents 

    Navigate to 'Application Forms' to download the following documents:

    • Small Starts Propoal Form
    • Small Starts Budget Form
    • Data Management Guide & Template

    How to Apply

    Submit your completed proposal form, budget, and data management plan by logging into: Select “Small Starts 2017” grant cycle to submit your funding request.