RFP Issued: 3:30 pm, April 17, 2019 Proposals Due: 5:00 pm, Thursday, May 30, 2019
A. Overview The UC Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) receives an annual allocation from the State of California via the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) and the Public Transportation Account (PTA) for the purpose of supporting research, education and outreach activities that directly address and inform transportation engineering, policy, and/or planning issues in California. The majority of the funds received from the State are used to support an annual research program. Research projects are selected through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Each ITS branch administers its own RFP. However, the RFP is jointly developed and the same RFP is used across all four branches.
B. Research Priorities Priorities for the UC ITS’s research program are defined on an annual basis. For this solicitation, research priorities are organized into two tiers. First tier priorities are listed in Appendix A and are identified by SB 1 designated advisors (i.e., the Secretary of Transportation, and the Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Transportation Committees) and the UC ITS Board of Advisors. Second tier priorities are listed in Appendix B and were identified by UC scholars and external stakeholders as part of the UC ITS Innovative Mobility Initiative. Proposals responding to first tier research priorities will receive a higher consideration. The UC ITS Directors reserve the right to withhold funding to be awarded through this solicitation to ensure primary research priorities are adequately addressed.
C. Funding Availability This solicitation will fund up to $800,000 in grant awards. Eligible project types and award range are presented in Section II. As stated earlier, the UC ITS Directors reserve the right to withhold funding to ensure primary research priorities are adequately addressed.
D. Project / Award Period The anticipated start date for projects is July 1, 2019. All work must be completed and all funds spent by June 30, 2020. After the project close out date, all remaining funds in the project’s account will revert back to the UC ITS research program.