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U.S. DOT SBIR Fiscal Year 2022 Phase I Pre-Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program invites small businesses to review its pre-solicitation notice for opportunities within its fiscal year 2022 (FY22) SBIR Phase I solicitation.


Pre-Solicitation Dates: January 5–February 2, 2022

The pre-solicitation period for U.S. DOT’s FY22 solicitation is from January 5, 2022, through February 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). View the pre-solicitation instructions and full descriptions of U.S. DOT’s proposed FY22 Phase I solicitation research topics on DOT's SBIR website or on

Things to Know:

  • During the pre-solicitation period, technical questions concerning the proposed research topics should be directed to the U.S. DOT topic authors via an online forum at Please read the pre-solicitation notice for instructions.
  • U.S. DOT’s FY22 Phase I solicitation is tentatively scheduled to open on February 7, 2022.
  • An informational webinar about the solicitation is tentatively scheduled for 1:00 pm (ET) February 10, 2022. 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 FY22 Research Topics

The proposed FY22 research topics are listed below. Full descriptions of each research topic are included in Appendix A, which is included in the pre-solicitation notice

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • 22-FH1: Enforcement of Bridge Load Postings Using Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques
  • 22-FH2: AI Video Analysis of Dilemma Zone Conflicts at Signal-Controlled Intersections
  • 22-FH3: Concrete Curing Quantification

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

  • 22-FR1: Traction Motor Seizing Device
  • 22-FR2: Locomotive-Mounted Track Safety Assurance System (LOSAS)

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • 22-FT1: Reduction of Transit Bus Collisions with Other Vehicles
  • 22-FT2: Connecting Individuals in “Food Deserts” to Healthy Foods
  • 22-FT3: Blockchain-Enabled Transit Incentivization
  • 22-FT4: Tools and Applications Towards Moving to Zero-Emissions

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

  • 22-PH1: Nondestructive, Streamlined Testing and Monitoring of Metal Cylinders and Tanks to Prevent Packaging Failure 
  • 22-PH2: Autonomous Vehicle Leak Detectors
  • 22-PH3: Vibration Sensing System to Monitor for Potential Excavation Damage
  • 22-PH4: Underground Natural Gas Storage (UNGS) Advanced Leak Identification and Well Control Solutions

Read full descriptions of each of these proposed research topics in Appendix A of the pre-solicitation notice.

Last updated: Wednesday, January 5, 2022