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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

FY 2021 Solicitation Now Open

The U.S. DOT's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 SBIR Phase I Solicitation is now open from February 4, 2021 through March 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm (ET). 

Solicitation Open with Amended Topics

The proposed topic list shared during the pre-solicitation has been amended for the Solicitation as follows:

  • Topic 21-FT1, Robots for Unmanned Disinfection and Decontamination of Transit Assets, has been updated with clarifications
  • Topic 21-FH3, Accelerating Performance Testing Using the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Equipment, has been updated with additional links to technical references. 
  • Topic 21-FH4, Reference Hardware for Infrastructure GPS Abnormality Detector for Connected and Automated Vehicle Applications, has been updated with clarifications. 

Pre-Offer Webinar

A pre-offer webinar for small businesses interested in applying to the U.S. DOT's FY 2021 SBIR Phase I Solicitation was held on February 11, 2021. A captioned recording of the webinar is available here and the slides can be found here. Administrative questions and answers from the webinar not contained in our existing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been added to our FAQs. If you have any administrative questions not listed in the FAQs, please submit questions via email to dotsbir@dot.gov no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on March 1, 2021. 

Note: Technical questions submitted during the webinar will not be answered because the pre-solicitation period for technical Q&A has closed. Please visit our forum to review the existing technical Q&A. 

How to Apply

  1. Read the FY21 Solicitation for for information about the FY21 research topics and offer requirements. 
  2. Review the FY21 Pre-Solicitation Q&A and SBIR FAQs.
    • If you have any administrative questions not listed in the FAQs, or questions regarding Appendix C: Contract Pricing Worksheet, please submit questions via email to dotsbir@dot.gov no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on March 1, 2021. 
    • Please note: Technical questions pertaining to the research topics will not be answered during the solicitation period as technical questions were only permitted during the pre-solicitation period. View the Q&A from the pre-solicitation here
  3. Submit an offer through our secure site.
    • Please be aware that the submittal process requires answering several questions; be sure to allow ample time to complete the multi-step submittal process. Offers will not be considered received by the Government until this multi-step process is complete. Offerors are encouraged to submit their offers as early as possible. To prepare for submission, you may view the submission form fields in advance.

Offer Requirements

You must submit four (4) separate files for your offer. See the FY21 Solicitation document for the complete requirements. 

  1. Technical section (PDF)
  2. Appendices A and B (PDF)
  3. Appendix C: Contract Pricing Worksheet (Excel)
  4. Contract Pricing Worksheet Supporting Documentation (PDF)

Timeline

The DOT SBIR Program Office intends to make recommendations for Phase I awards no later
than 90 days after the solicitation closing date.

FY21 Research Topics

See Section VIII of the FY21 Solicitation document for full research topic descriptions.

Federal Highway Administration

  • 21-FH1: Device for Assessing Environmental Impact of Post-Consumer Waste Plastic in Highway and Airfield Materials and Pavements
  • 21-FH2: In-situ Determination of Pore Solution Resistivity
  • 21-FH3: Accelerating Performance Testing Using the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) Equipment
  • 21-FH4: Reference Hardware for Infrastructure GPS Abnormality Detector for Connected and Automated Vehicle Applications

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

  • 21-FM1: Automated Vehicles: Deployment of Traffic Warning Devices (Triangles)
  • 21-FM2: Readiness Assessment Technology

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

  • 21-FR1: Passenger Train Exterior Side Door Safety
  • 21-FR2: Wheel Measuring Device

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • 21-FT1: Robots for Unmanned Disinfection and Decontamination of Transit Assets
  • 21-FT2: Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Inspect, Repair and Sanitize Transit Vehicles

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • 21-NH1: Securing Safe Passage when Crossing a Roadway to Board Buses
  • 21-NH2: Ignition Interlock Device Data-Integrated Mobile Device App

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

  • 21-PH1: Lithium Ion Battery Packaging
Last updated: Friday, February 19, 2021