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Additional Resources for Small Businesses

See below for potential research funding opportunities outside of SBIR.

  • Companies that are eligible to apply are noted with an asterisk (*)
  • Companies that may be eligible to partner with a public agency or academic institution are noted with a plus sign (+)
ProgramSponsorDescription

Cooperative Research Programs*

Transportation Research BoardContract research programs focused on developing “near-term, practical solutions” to problems faced by the transportation industry.
Every Day Counts+Federal Highway AdministrationEvery two years the FHWA, along with stakeholders, selects several proven innovations and promotes their implementation over the next two years.
Exploratory Advanced Research*+Federal Highway AdministrationFunding for longer-term, high-risk, high-reward research in specified focus areas.
FAA Centers of Excellence+Federal Aviation AdministrationCooperative agreements with U.S. academic institutions and their industry affiliates to conduct research on a specific FAA mission-critical topic area over 10 years.

Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEAs)* +

Transportation Research BoardThe IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems.
Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance+Maritime AdministrationFunding for research, development, and demonstration of maritime technologies that improve environmental sustainability.
Safety Research and Demonstration Program+Federal Transit AdministrationPart of a larger USDOT safety research effort, this program focuses on demonstration of technologies and safer designs.
Small Business Vouchers*U.S. Department of EnergyVouchers ($50,000 to $300,000) awarded to small businesses to partner with one of the National Laboratories to conduct clean energy research.
State Transportation Innovation Councils (STIC) Incentive Program+Federal Highway AdministrationSTICs are networks of public and private transportation stakeholders in each state. Each STIC may apply for up to $100,000 of funding per year for an innovation project.
Transportation Pooled Fund+Federal Highway AdministrationA program allowing the FHWA, state DOTs, and other organizations to pool funds and resources to study a transportation problem of common interest.
University Transportation Centers+USDOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

Grants awarded to a group of colleges and universities who collaborate as a center of excellence on a specific transportation research area.

The above list is subject to change.

Other Resources

SBIR Related Links

Federal Business Resources

Professional Associations

Minority Associations and Resources

Scientific and Technical Information Sources

Updated: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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