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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The U.S. Department of Transportation's SBIR 14.2 Solicitation is Now Closed

The 14.2 solicitation closed at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 17, 2014. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is reviewing all proposals that meet the stated requirements. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by email when the review has been completed but no later than 90 days after the solicitation closed. 

You can view an archived copy of the solicitation.

U.S. DOT is preparing SBIR 15.1 Solicitation for release in December 2014 or January 2015

If you would like to be notified when the 15.1 Solicitation opens, sign up for our email list below.


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: Thursday, September 18, 2014