Research Grants


Grant Award to Cold Region and Rural Transportation Research, Maintenance, and Operations, Western Montana Transportation Institute; B.

Grant Award to Rural Transportation Research Initiative Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University; C.

Award to Appalachian Regional Commission.

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

Each transportation center is extensively involved in innovative research in areas of transportation. This research aims to advance the theoretical and the practical nature of applications in transportation planning, logistics, engineering, and operations within all modes of transportation.

Uses and Use Restrictions


The Research Grant will be used to develop a research facility in Lewiston, Montana for basic and applied research and testing on surface transportation issues facing rural and cold regions.


The Research Grant will be used to carry out the Rural Transportation Research Initiative.


The Research Grant will be used to conduct a feasibility study for the creation of a system of inland ports and distribution centers in Appalacia.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Legislated grants in SAFETEA-LU Section 5513(d),(g) and (i).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public Institutions of Higher Learning, Partnerships between Federal and State agencies.


A formal application outlining in detail how the institution meets the grant mission and goals; proposed management of the research; detail delineation of organization, staff, and budget.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

It is recommended tha applicants use the procedures prescribed in to facilitate an electronic application process. This will allow applicants the opportunity to submit all required forms, along with the necessary technical and cost proposals as presecied in the relevant Opportunity description.

Award Procedures

The department staff will review the application for the program.


See award procedures.


49 U.S.C. 5513.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

See award procedures.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share of the grant shall be 80 percent of the costs of the activities carried out by the program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

A. Four years ? FY 2006 through FY 2009. B. Four years ? FY 2006 through FY 2009. C. One year FY 2006.

Post Assistance Requirements


As specified in the application proposal.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


As specified in the application proposal.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,000,000; FY 08 est $1,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Between $300,000 to $707,000 per center.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Research and Innovative Technology Administration, RD&T, Office of Intermodalism, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Room 2420, Washington, DC 20590.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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