Program Description

The purpose of the Program is to advance transportation expertise and technology in the many disciplines that comprise transportation through research, education and workforce development and technology transfer; provide a critical transportation knowledge base outside the USDOT; and address vital workforce needs and educate the next generation of transportation leaders.

The Program manages $377.5 million (for FY16-20) funding for grants to eligible non-profit institutions of higher education to establish and operate UTCs. The grant application deadline for FY16 was on May 13, 2016. While most tribal universities are not eligible to apply directly to the UTC Program, they are encouraged to seek partnerships with funded UTCs on future transportation projects to meet transportation education and workforce development goals. We recommend reaching out to a designated UTC for possible partnership opportunities. A list of current UTCs and contact information: List of Centers.

General Program Requirements

Only four-year Tribal universities are eligible to compete for direct grants from the UTC Program. The selection criteria for competitions are available in the 2016 Grant Solicitation. The next UTC competition is expected no earlier than 2020. However, new partnerships between two- and four-year nonprofit institutions of higher education and funded UTCs may be created at any time.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Only four-year Tribal universities are eligible to compete for direct grants from the UTC Program. The selection criteria for competitions are available in the 2016 Grant Solicitation. The next UTC competition is expected no earlier than 2020. However, new partnerships between two- and four-year nonprofit institutions of higher education and funded UTCs may be created at any time.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Kevin Womack
Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology
(405) 954-7312
Kevin.Womack@dot.gov

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number20.701
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityPartnerships with UTC consortia
Can the funding from the program be renewedUTC grants are recompeted as required by Congress; no automatic renewal
Funding TypeSubgrantee
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceConsortia led by four-year non-profit institutions of higher education
Matching Funds Required50 – 100% non-Federal match
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)3,000 annually
Length of ProgramVariable by partnership
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNone
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this ProgramTribes may initiate partnerships with funded grantee universities

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