Motor Carrier Research and Technology Programs

To provide grants and cooperative agreements to advance innovative solutions to problems involving commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and motor carrier safety, security, and efficiency; and to stimulate the deployment of emerging technology.

To test, develop, or assist in testing and developing material,
invention, patented particle or processes related to the research and technology program.

To carry out activities to support the research, development, technology, and technology transfer requirements with respect to: causes of accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving CMV; reducing the number and severity of accidents; improving safety and efficiency; improving communication to stakeholders; improving technology used by enforcement officers; and providing training for CMV safety personnel.

Projects funded by the following Offices are included:

Office of Research and Analysis Research Division (MC-RRR) - Research and development programs;
Office of Research and Analysis Division (MC-RRA) -Statistical and analytical support for program and policy development implementation.

Facilities the integration of the analysis function into policy and program development decision making;
Office of Research and Analysis Technology Division - Technology development programs, including the testing, evaluation and deployment of emerging technologies.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Innovative research projects related to CMV and driver safety and security activities.

Fiscal Year 2009: Innovative research projects related to CMV and driver safety and security activities.

Fiscal Year 2010: Innovative research projects related to CMV and driver safety and security activities.

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used in accordance with the requirements identified in each projects.

Projects shall be authorized to meet the objectives of FMCSA.

Funds shall be used in accordance with the requirements identified in each projects.

Projects shall be authorized to meet the objectives of FMCSA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Government - General: Transportation.

Interstate: Transportation.

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Transportation.

Sponsored organization: Transportation.

Individual/Family: Transportation.

Profit organization: Transportation.

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Transportation

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal; State; Local; Sponsored organization; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Individual/Family; Profit organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization


Applicants are required to satisfy all DOT/FMCSA s standards and regulations, including routine and special terms and conditions for financial assistance programs application and conduct. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Submission of the standard forms as required by and any special information required by each project.

This program is excluded from coverage under EO 12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Completed cooperative agreement proposals shall include the appropriate SF 424 suite of forms, Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters; Drug Free Workplace Requirements, Lobbying Statements; and any other certifications required by the project.

Award Procedures

Awards will be made on the basis of proposal evaluations and in accordance with the provisions in each project.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, Public Law 97-242, as amended by Transportation Equity Act for the 2st Century, 49 U.S.C 31108, as amended by Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1992, Public Law 102-240.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval/Disapproval times will be identified in each cooperative agreement.


Not Applicable.


Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the DOT/FMCSA.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

This program has no matching requirements.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are usually 12 to 36 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.


Reports are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.


No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits will be in accordance with the provisions of: OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States, Local Government, and Non-Profit Organization," including institutions of higher education and other non-profit institutions receiving federal awards); 48 CFR Part 31 (Federal Acquisition Regulations) for "for-profit" organizations other than hospitals or other organizations named in 2 CFR Part 230; and commercial organizations shall be audited in accordance with OMB Circular A-133.


Financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical records, and other records of grantees or sub-grantees generally should be retained by all parties for three years. If any litigation, claim, negotiations, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the three year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues, or until the end of the regular three year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 08 $3,000,000; FY 09 est $5,000,000; FY 10 est $5,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range is between $3 million - $5 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

49 USC 31108, " Motor Carrier Research and Technologh Program" OMB Circular A-122; OMB Circular A-21; and OMB Circular A-97; and 48 CFR Part 31.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Martin Walker, PhD 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: (202) 366-2364

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

It"s based on the cost of the project, qualification of principal investigator and institution, relevance to program"s objectives and uses, or merit.

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