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U.S. DOT's SBIR 15.1 Solicitation Has Been Amended

Please review Amendment 001 before preparing and submitting a proposal for U.S. DOT's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 15.1 solicitation. Anyone submitting a proposal for Topic 15.1-FR9: Portable Rail Suspension Displacement Monitoring Sensor must include a signed copy of this amendment as the first page of the PDF of their technical proposal. This page will not count towards the technical proposal page limit. All proposals must be submitted though our online submission portal.

U.S. DOT's SBIR 15.1 Solicitation is Open

The U.S. Department of Transportation SBIR program's 15.1 solicitation is open through March 9, 2015This is the first SBIR solicitation of fiscal year 2015. It opened January 6, 2015.


How to Apply

  • Read the 15.1 solicitation for information about the 15.1 topics and about proposal requirements
  • Review the 15.1 Technical and Administrative Questions
    • If you do not see the answer to your question(s), submit additional technical or administrative questions to the U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office at
    • The office will only answer questions submitted by email on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 20, 2015
    • All questions and answers will be posted as soon as they are received and answered by our experts
  • Submit a proposal through our secure site

New This Year 

You must submit 3 separate files for your proposal (see guidelines and requirements in the solicitation):

  1. Technical proposal
  2. Completed appendices
  3. Cost proposal (Appendix C)

We will notify all applicants of their proposal status by June 7, 2015 (90 days after the close of the solicitation).

Solicitation Topics

AgencyTopic numberTopic
Federal Highway Administration15.1-FH1

Driver Engagement/Status Monitoring Technologies for Vehicle Automation Applications

Federal Highway Administration15.1-FH2

Community College/Technical School Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Curricula

Federal Highway Administration15.1-FH3

Roadway Hazard Alert System for Motorcycles

Federal Highway Administration15.1-FH4

From Vehicle Performance to Transportation System Performance: System Impacts of Automated Vehicles

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR1

Wireless Compatible Digital Train Line (WiDTL) for Passenger Type Vehicles in a Train Consist

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR2

Active Personal Safety System for Train Yard and Road Crewworkers

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR3

Next Generation Freight Truck for Autorack Cars

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR4

Smart Phone Application for Onboard Railroad Passenger Information System

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR5

Browser-Based Application for Locomotive Inspection Data Collection

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR6

Locomotive Flashing Light for Trespassers and Pedestrian Warning

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR7

Long Range ROW Detection and Warning System

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR8

Passive Rail Temperature Control Technology

Federal Railroad Administration15.1-FR9

Portable Rail Suspension Displacement Monitoring Sensor

Federal Transit Administration15.1-FT1

Innovative Transit Technology Devices, Applications, or Solutions Focused on Safety, Mobility, or Energy and Sustainability

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration15.1-NH1

Improving the Ventilation of Motorcycle Helmets

Technical and Administrative Questions

We will accept technical and administrative questions through 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 20, 2015. We may not answer questions submitted after that time. Submit questions to Only emailed questions will be answered.

U.S. DOT does not provide information on technical points of contact for the topics in the solicitation. Your only contact with U.S. DOT relative to this solicitation during the Phase I proposal preparation and evaluation period is with DOT's SBIR Program Office. You must submit all technical and administrative questions relative to the 15.1 solicitation via email to

We will post all questions and answers on this U.S. DOT SBIR Program website.

For general SBIR Program inquiries not pertaining to this solicitation, please contact U.S. DOT’s SBIR Hotline:

Pre-Proposal Webinar Held on January 8, 2015

We held a pre-proposal webinar for small businesses interested in applying to the FY15.1 U.S. DOT SBIR solicitation on January 8, 2015. View the recording of the webinar or download a copy of the webinar slides.

Updated: Friday, February 20, 2015