USDOT Opens 2016 Round of $72.5M in Grants to University Transportation Centers

The UTC program supports applied and academic research on national transportation priorities including safety at 35 competitively selected grantee schools, the DOT said. The schools work with regional, state and local transportation agencies plus private sector partners to help find solutions to challenges that affect their communities and the efficiency of the nation’s transportation system.
They also help train the next generation of transportation leaders, it noted. “Our universities are at the forefront of solution-oriented research addressing America’s changing demographics and increased freight volumes, and ensuring improved access to economic opportunity nationwide,” Foxx said. “We have some of the best universities in the world and I am calling on them to innovate and think big.”
Greg Winfree, assistant USDOT secretary for research and technology, said: “These funds will support UTC programs that provide students with real opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research and to work on transportation issues with leading experts in the field.”