Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

CTEDD programs several funding opportunities benefiting researchers, students and transportation professionals. The research programs and descriptions are as follows.


General RFP:
CTEDD is releasing general RFPs through which the faculty from the Universities of consortium members can apply for funding opportunity. CTEDD funds research through a competitive process. The proposed projects should support CTEDD mission and vision and have to be directly related to the CTEDD core areas of research.

Interested applicants will be periodically notified about the deadlines and further information through CTEDD subscription in advance of submission deadline, which takes place through April/May annually. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, further requirements are posted on an as-needed basis. Although the cap amount is defined in the RFPs, Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to propose smaller projects to leave opportunities for more projects to be funded.

It is worth mentioning that the faculty members and research faculty from University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), University of South Florida (USF), Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) or Cal Poly San Louis Obispo University are also eligible to serve as PIs of the proposals.

All grants require 0.5:1 match. Cash match is defined as any direct financial contribution provided by a partner to directly support the project in the form of salaries, benefits, tuition, expendable property, supplies, and services; etc. Third party in-kind non-federal match may include: unrecovered indirect costs, values for recipient contributions of services, volunteer services furnished by professional and technical personnel, consultants or other skilled or unskilled labor if service is an integral or necessary part of the project, or donated supplies.

The proposals should be submitted along with the supporting documentations for the matching fund. The sample letters for such documentations are provided in the resources.
Information on the important dates and requirements are forthcoming.


SEED Grants:
The purpose of the SEED grants is to fund smaller projects from the PIs who are junior faculty pursuing their tenure progress. The researchers qualified to be a PI are also invited to submit a proposal through this program. The financial scope of this program is smaller than the general RFP indicated in the RFP forms. CTEDD members through their CTEDD subscription will receive a notice in advance of deadlines. The important dates for the forthcoming SEED grant Cycle will be updated on the website shortly.

Individual projects require a 50% match in the form of cash or in-kind services from project partners such as universities, transportation or other public agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations. The Center highly encourages collaboration among CTEDD consortium members as well as other partners.

The SEED Grants proposals should support CTEDD mission and vision while staying relevant to the CTEDD focus areas.


Industry-University (IU) Grants:
IU is designed to serve the transportation decision making exclusively through an advanced applied research for the specific demand and topic concerning the transportation professionals that do not have access to a strong research arm. The transportation officials with a demand for a research project should contact CTEDD staff in order for their research demand topic to be paired with the CTEDD faculty or researchers that serves in the best interest of the demand.

CTEDD faculty and research teams including members from University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), University of South Florida (USF), Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) or Cal Poly San Louis Obispo University are eligible to serve as PIs of the proposals. The list of all researchers and faculty associated with the focus areas will be provided soon.

Transportation leaders and policy makers can contact CTEDD through to share the demand and will be considered for the first round of IU programs.


Thesis/Dissertation Fellowships:
CTEDD also provides Doctoral Dissertation Research and Master’s Thesis Fellowships to cover expenses for the recipients that are working on a their dissertations or theses. This program is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center (UTC) programs, with the mission to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through education, research, and technology transfer at university-based centers. See for more information.

CTEDD supports the proposals for the transportation projects that support CTEDD mission and vision while staying relevant to the CTEDD focus areas.

The program will be offered annually and CTEDD members will be notified of upcoming news by subscribing to CTEDD email notifications.

The fellowships are open to students currently enrolled in a transportation-related doctoral or master’s program at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), University of South Florida (USF), Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) or Cal Poly San Louis Obispo University). Students must be U.S. citizens and have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. or have an approved thesis prospectus for the Master’s degree prior to the application deadline. The priority will be given to the students from the underrepresented and minority communities. Successful fellowship proposals will combine advanced research with applied projects and strong scopes for disseminations.