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Department of Transportation Opens to New SBIR Proposals

October 19th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses are encouraged to explore the latest Department of Transportation (DOT) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) federal funding opportunity.

The SBIR program promotes the development of new research-based products and services that align with agency-specific topics. Through this program, small businesses and their partners can move their technologies from the idea stage to commercial market. This solicitation opens Oct. 19 and closes at 4 p.m. (CDT) Dec. 21.

In the agency’s FY17 solicitation, the DOT seeks proposals that respond to the following topics:

Federal Highway Administration

  • Accurate and Rapid Measurement of Adsorption Capacity of Fly Ash in Concrete Mixtures
  • Rapid Assessment of Air Void System in Fresh Concrete

Federal Railroad Administration

  • Methods for Remanufacturing Creosote-Railroad Ties
  • Broken Rail Detection from Flashing Rear End Device
  • Resilient Wayside Structures to Reduce Severity of Passenger Equipment Collisions and Derailments
  • Smart Phone Application for Onboard Railroad Passenger Information System

Federal Transit Administration

  • Train Crowding and Information Dissemination for Transit Users

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Detection of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Use in Drivers

Office of the Secretary of Transportation-Research

  • System and Supply Chain for Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries in the Transportation System

DOT will hold a pre-proposal webinar on Oct. 24 at 12:30 CDT. Details about the  webinar are available on the DOT SBIR program website.

ASBTDC’s agency-led DOT SBIR Sept. 7 webinar recording can be accessed here.

A synopsis of the DOT SBIR solicitation can be found here. The full solicitation will be available Oct. 19 through the agency’s SBIR website .

Arkansas companies interested in SBIR proposal development assistance are invited to contact Rebecca Norman for assistance at or 501.683.7700.