Five "Small Starts" Transportation Projects Receive $100,000 in NITC Funding
Our National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC) research program has awarded grant funding for a new series of Small Starts projects.
The latest Small Starts Grant projects, evaluated by the NITC Advisory Board and selected by NITC's Executive Committee, will explore mobility impacts of construction workzones, transportation equity and barriers for low-income travelers, and the widespread impacts of emerging technologies like e-scooters and ride hailing.
This annual NITC funding program is a unique opportunity to tackle small-scale ($20,000 or less in scope) research projects. In contrast to our larger, annual flagship program ($30–150K), Small Starts enables us to include researchers who:
Bring a diverse, interdisciplinary perspective
Offer a new voice in the field, whether they’re untenured faculty or a researcher who has not received a NITC grant before
Want to kick-start a larger project by first tackling an exploratory study smaller in scope
THE FIVE NEW SMALL STARTS PROJECTS
Developing and Testing Transportation Barriers Scale and Its Impact on Mental Health Among At-risk/Homeless Youth and Emerging Adults — Philip Baiden, Godfred Boateng and Stephen Mattingly, University of Texas at Arlington
Do Travel Costs Matter?: Using Psychological And Social Equity Perspectives To Evaluate The Effects Of A Low-income Transit Fare Program On Low-income Riders — Liu-Qin Yang, Liming Wang and Aaron Golub, Portland State University
The Impact of Ride Hail Services on the Accessibility of Nonprofit Services — Dyana Mason, University of Oregon
We will issue our next General RFP (projects requesting ($30,000 - $150,000)) in the Spring of 2020, and anticipate our next round of the Small Starts RFP (projects requesting $20,000 or less) again in the Fall of 2020. These funding opportunities are only open to faculty at one of the six NITC universities.
Past Rounds of Small Starts Funding
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) is one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. NITC is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. This PSU-led research partnership also includes the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.