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U.S. DOT SBIR Fiscal Year 2020 Phase I Pre-Solicitation

The U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program invites small businesses to review this pre-solicitation notice for opportunities within its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) SBIR Phase I solicitation.


The pre-solicitation period for U.S. DOT’s FY20 solicitation is from January 6, 2020 through January 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The pre-solicitation instructions and full descriptions of U.S. DOT’s proposed FY20 Phase I solicitation research topics can be found here

Things to Know:

  • Technical questions concerning the proposed research topics must be directed to the U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office via email at Technical questions regarding the research topics will be accepted only during the pre-solicitation period. Technical questions will not be accepted after 5:00 pm ET on January 29, 2020. Please read the pre-solicitation for further instructions.
  • Potential offerors will have the opportunity to ask questions in person with many of the U.S. DOT research topic authors and U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office personnel at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. January 12-14, 2020. U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office personnel will be at booth #835 in the exhibit hall and will be available January 12-14. Many of the topic authors will be available at the booth for questions January 13-14 during limited times. A schedule and further details are available here.
  • An informational webinar about the solicitation and new program changes is tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET. More information on how to register for this webinar will be available on the U.S. DOT SBIR website and in the solicitation when the solicitation is issued.

Proposed FY20 Research Topics

Full descriptions of each research topic are included in Appendix A of the Pre-Solicitation.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) topic:

20-FA1: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) of Critical Nickel Turbine Engine Parts

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) topics:

20-FH1: Physical Intervention System for Wrong-way Driving on Ramps

20-FH2: Innovative Layered Composite Metal Deck System

20-FH3: Real-time Monitoring and Modeling of Scour

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) topics:

20-FR1: Autonomous Track Inspection Technology

20-FR2: AI-Aided Machine Vision for Grade Crossing Safety

20-FR3: Platform Edge Proximity Detection to Prevent Inadvertent Passenger Car Door Opening

20-FR4: Crushed Aggregate Gradation Evaluation System

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) topic:

20-NH1: In-Vehicle Occupant Detection System

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) topics:

20-PH1: Development and Validation of Inline Inspection (ILI) Technologies for Circumferential Anomalies and Bending Stresses

20-PH2: Internal Repair of Steel Transmission Pipelines

20-PH3: Geohazard Identification and Quantification for Pipeline Risk Models

20-PH4: Scaling up of Composite Metal Foam Manufacturing for HazMat Packaging

Updated: Wednesday, January 8, 2020