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Solicitation Now Open

The U.S. DOT's SBIR FY 2018 solicitation is open from January 17, 2018, through March 20, 2018.

U.S. DOT has issued an amendment to the SBIR FY 2018 Solicitation

The first two pages of the solicitation document now contain Amendment 1. The amendment contains administrative changes and technical changes to topic 18-NH1. Please review the amendment before completing and submitting a proposal.

Pre-Offer Webinar

A pre-offer webinar for small business concerns (SBCs) interested in applying to the U.S. DOT SBIR FY 2018 solicitation was held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. View a PDF of the webinar here and a video of the recorded webinar here.

How to Apply

  • Read the FY 2018 solicitation for information about the FY 2018 topics and proposal requirements
  • Review the FY 2018 Technical and Administrative Questions and FAQs
    • 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. (ET) on Thursday, March 1, 2018
    • 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

You must submit 3 separate files for your proposal (see guidelines and requirements in the FY 2018 solicitation):

We will notify all applicants of their proposal status by June 20, 2018 (90 days after the close of the solicitation).

Solicitation Topics

Topics in this solicitation may include:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • 18-FH1: Machine Vision System to Support Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V21) Safety Applications
  • 18-FH2: Use of High Resolution Imaging Techniques for Condition Assessment and Damage Detection of Bridges
  • 18-FH3: Integrated Sensor Unit for Signalized Intersections
  • 18-FH4: An Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Based System for Advanced Freeway Data Collection and Analysis
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • 18-FR1: Analysis of Acoustic Wheel/Rail Contact Signals
  • 18-FR2: AI Tools for Relating Various Sensor Data to Adverse Vehicle/Track Inspection
  • 18-FR3: System Design for Remote and/or Autonomous Operation of a Locomotive Hauled Consist
  • 18-FR4: Drone-Based Track Safety Inspection System
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • 18-FT1: Virtual and Augmented Reality to Aid Transit Use by All Travelers
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • 18-NH1: Digital Application to Improve Consumers' Access to NHTSA Safety Information
  • 18-NH2: Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and Other Crash Data Visualization and Analysis Tool
Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • 18-PH1: Innovative Techniques for Nondestructive Determination of Fracture Toughness for Pipeline Steels in Transportation Infrastructure
  • 18-PH2: Dual Purpose Internal Integrity Assessment and Cleaning Tool for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

Technical and Administrative Questions

We will accept technical and administrative questions through 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 1, 2018. 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. Contact with U.S. DOT relative to this solicitation during the Phase I proposal preparation and evaluation period is restricted to the DOT's SBIR Program Office. All technical and administrative questions relative to the FY 2018 solicitation must be submitted via email to

Questions and answers will be posted 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 at 617-494-2051 or

Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
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