Ultra-Portable Ride Quality Meter funded by FRA's Office of Research and Development through the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). (Photo courtesy of the Federal Railroad Administration and dFuzion, Inc.)
The Volpe Center administers the U.S. DOT SBIR Program on behalf of the OST/Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
- Congressionally-mandated set aside program
- 2 Research Solicitations are released to the small business community each calendar year
- 8 DOT agencies participate in funding a variety of R&D projects, including: rail safety, distracted driving and green technologies
- Phase II B Bridge Financing Pilot Program for select DOT Phase II awardees
- SBIR Technology Transfer Pilot Program
- Participate in a variety of outreach events, including: SBIR National Conference, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and various state technology small business conferences
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The U.S. Department of Transportation, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a research and development program mandated by Congress in 1982 and reauthorized in 2000 with the purpose of developing technological innovation using the highest level of expertise in the small business community. Since 1984, the Volpe Center has administered the Program on behalf of OST/Office of Small Business Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). The U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office works with 8 DOT operating agencies to coordinate all SBIR research activities. Other Program Office functions include: reporting to the Small Business Administration (SBA), contract administration, program management and outreach.
Visit the U.S. DOT SBIR site for more information