U-M, Ben-Gurion funding project accepting concept papers

As part of their newly signed collaborative agreement to jointly fund research proposals related to energy, the University of Michigan and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are cooperatively funding research related to energy security. The universities share expertise in energy-related science and technology; this program is intended to develop and foster joint research activities that increase personnel exchange and the pursuit of joint follow-on funding, as well as commercialization of joint research outcomes.

Successful collaborative teams will seek resources made available from both the US and Israeli industry, governments, and foundations to form durable international collaborations of researchers specializing with the aim of improving the energy security of humanity, worldwide.

Research should focus on one of the following target areas:

  • Photovoltaics and solar technology
  • Liquid fuels and engine combustion
  • Thermoelectricity, materials and devices

See http://energy.umich.edu/wp-content/uploads/UM-BGU-RFP.pdf for more information.



See MDOT’s RFP for Statewide Older Driver Education at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/mdot_rfp_SS_REQ1144_posted_410871_7.pdf.

See MDOT’s RFP for Safe Mobility Planning Strategy at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/mdot_rfp_SS_REQ1144_QA1_411116_7.pdf.


Notice of Funding Availability for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center

The Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary (OST), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) announces the opportunity for; 1) business centered community-based organizations; 2) transportation-related trade associations; 3) colleges and universities; 4) community colleges or; 5) chambers of commerce, registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501 C(6) or 501 C(3) tax exempt organizations, to compete for participation in OSDBU’s Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) program for the South Atlantic Region. OSDBU will enter into a Cooperative Agreement with an organizations to outreach to the small business community in the South Atlantic Region to provide financial and technical assistance, business training programs, such as, business assessment, management training, counseling, technical assistance, marketing and outreach, and the dissemination of information, to encourage and assist small businesses to become better prepared to compete for, obtain, and manage DOT funded transportation-related contracts and subcontracts at the federal, state and local levels.

For more information, see http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=217493.


MDOT Requests for Proposals

Please see http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9625_32842—,00.html for MDOT’s current RFPs. Highlights include:

  • Michigan Urban Trunkline Intersections Safety Performance Function (SPFs) Development and Support, Requisition #1114
  • Evaluation and Standardization of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Techniques, Requisition #1112
  • Wireless Data Collection and retrieval of Bridge Inspection/Management Information, Requisition #1107
  • Feasibility of Developing a Statewide Transit Mobility Measurement Tool, Requisition  #1100
  • Performance Evaluation of Subgrade Stabilization with Recycled Materials, Requisition #1119
  • Evaluation of Michigan’s Engineering Improvements for Older Drivers, Requisition #1110
  • Synthesis of Methods for Developing Transit Vehicle Specifications, Requisition #1106
  • Methods to Assess the Use of New and Recycled Materials in Pavements, Requisition #1108
  • Michigan Urban Trunkline Segments Safety Performance Function (SPFs) Development and Support, Requisition #1115
  • Comparison of Alternative Pedestrian Crossing Treatments, Requisition #1111

IDEA Program Announcement 2013: Funding Proposals Now Being Accepted

TRB’s Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) has released its annual program announcement that solicits funding proposals for the upcoming review cycles.  The announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals.

For more information, see http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/168304.aspx.


Los Angeles Metro Call for Projects-Transportation Alternatives (TA) Funding-Eligible Projects

For projects eligible for TA funding (Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transportation Enhancements Alternatives [TEA] modal categories) and to comply with SB 286, project applicants are required to contact the California Conservation Corps or a Community Conservation Corps (CCC) regarding the ability of either organization to participate in the scope of work identified in the project application. Applicants must complete the attached California Transportation Commission (CTC) Transportation Enhancements application and include it, with a signed signature page (pages 6-7 of the application), in their Call for Projects application.

The attached CTC Transportation Enhancements application must be submitted as part of your Call for Projects application package which is due on January 18, 2013. Caltrans will develop implementing legislation for the new federal Surface Transportation Act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Sponsors whose projects are awarded TA funding through the 2013 Call for Projects will be required to submit an updated application for TA funding to the CTC. Guidance on this process will be provided at the Successful Project Sponsors Workshop in October 2013.

For more information, see http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/call_projects/images/2013_call_for_projects_package.pdf or contact Rena Lum.