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 RFP - 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 three times annually, with an open call for dissertation fellowships occurring every spring, summer, and fall for the duration of the NITC grant.

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 Grants - NITC encourages participation of undergraduate students, particularly women and underrepresented groups. NITC has funds available 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.

Grant Type



Start Date
General Research   Spring 2019 Late Sum 2019
Pooled-Fund  N/A N/A

Small Starts 

Fall 2019

Fall 2019

Spring Dissertation Fellowship 

Summer Dissertation Fellowship 

Fall Dissertation Fellowship 

Feb 11, 2018

May 31, 2018

Oct 21, 2018

April 1, 2018

Aug 1, 2018

Dec 1, 2018

Education Ongoing Ongoing
Diversity Ongoing Ongoing