RITA Hydrogen

To Provide research grants to nonprofit institutions of higher learning for the purpose of conducting transportation related research, education, and technology transfer programs concerning national transportation issues in the areas of propulsion technology and alternative fuels.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

The grantees will conduct research according to the provisions provided in 23 U.S.C.

502 SEC.


The Department's role will be to manage the grants, coordinate with the grantees to best address related DOT program needs, and ensure that no unnecessary duplication of effort exists with other DOT projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Earmark recipients as designated by 23 U.S.C.

502 SEC.


Beneficiary Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit institutions of higher learning.


A formal application outlining how the institution will meet the project scope; detailed delineation of organization, staff, faculty, and budget. Costs are determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

No new grants will be awarded during the program's remaining authorization (through 2009).

Award Procedures





23 U.S.C. 502, Section 5513.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time



Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of this grant shall be 20 percent of the funds received by the grantee.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

4 years, as designated in 23 U.S.C. 502 SEC. 5513.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, and a final technical report at the end of each research project.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-113 )Revised June 24, 1997), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single of a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-113.


Receipt is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all grant products, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,322,807; FY 08 $1,750,188; and FY 09 est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Totals Range Between $370,000 to $580,000 per fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Office of Research Development and Technology (RDT) Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., E33-302, Washington, DC 20590 (202) 366-5459.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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