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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

U.S. DOT's SBIR 14.2 Solicitation Has Been Amended and the Deadline for Proposal Submission Extended

Due to intermittent errors encountered when submitting proposals through our proposal submission page, the U.S. DOT has issued Amendment 0003 to the 14.2 Solicitation. This amendment extends the 14.2 Solicitation deadline to Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

If you are ready to submit your proposal, you can attempt to do so at any time. Reports indicate that it may take a few attempts to get into the proposal submission form. If you are unable to access the form after several attempts, please call 617-494-2051 or email the SBIR office ( during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT) and we will assist you. If difficulties continue to arise, emailed submissions will be accepted. 


The U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards contracts to small businesses to pursue research on and develop innovative solutions to our nation’s transportation challenges.

The SBIR Program Office publishes two solicitations each fiscal year for proposals on specific research topics of interest to U.S. DOT operating administrations:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R)


Any for-profit firms with 500 employees or fewer that are at least 51 percent owned by U.S. citizens may submit proposals for this program. For more information about eligibility, visit

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Updated: Monday, September 15, 2014