NITC Funding Opportunities

NITC awards are made only after a rigorous peer-review proposal selection process, and this ensures that the best projects that fit well with the NITC program’s theme and USDOT priorities are funded.

Funding opportunities for eligible prinicipal investigators and students at our partner universities:

General Research - Research grants are awarded competitively through a General request for proposals (RFP) process. This is the largest funding opportunity for PIs. An open RFP is issued annually to solicit research and technology transfer projects. Projects are typically $60,000-$150,000. 

Pooled Fund - This specific grant program is intended to help maximize implementation of U.S. DOT’s commitment to livable communities while providing regional and local agencies, such as metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, and municipalities, more opportunity to engage in research. NITC solicits research problem statements from interested organizations. NITC then releases an RFP to eligible PIs to develop proposals responding to one or more specific research problems identified. Partner organizations match NITC pooled projects 1:1 with cash match. 

Small Starts - The purpose of these awards is to assist researchers who are interested in transportation but have not had an opportunity to undertake a small transportation project that fit within NITC's theme. 

Dissertation Fellowships - Fellowships up to $15,000 will be awarded to cover expenses for students while working on their dissertation. Dissertation fellowships will be offered competitively with an open call, ongoing.

Education - One of NITC’s objectives is to increase student interest in pursuing transportation degrees that align with transportation and livable communities. This funding is intended to help develop curriculum and other education programs at each partner university that can be replicated at other locations or otherwise enhance transportation education more broadly. Projects are coordinated by each campus Executive Committee representive.

Diversity - NITC encourages participation of undergraduate students, particularly women and underrepresented groups. We have designated funds to support underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students participating in transportation research. The goal of the program is to expose and encourage women and people of color to transportation research and job training opportunities. PIs can request up to $5,000 for an undergraduate student or $7,500 for a graduate student. Funding occurs on an ongoing basis.