Funding Opportunities

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation awards research funding for applied research projects, white paper grants, seed grants, graduate-led research projects, and dissertation grants through competitive Calls or Requests for Proposals (CFPs or RFPs). Each partner university of the NCST consortium issues and facilitates its own CFP/RFP.  Find out more information about each of these funding opportunities below:

Faculty Funding Opportunities  Student Funding Opportunities


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FACULTY & PROFESSIONAL RESEARCHERS

USDOT-Funded Research Grants

UC Davis issues its CFP for USDOT-funded research projects, white papers, and seed grants in February of each year, and the Call is generally open for approximately one month. Awards are typically announced in June, with awarded projects expected to start in October, with one-year terms. Individual award range from $25,000 to $90,000 in direct costs. Priority is given to proposals with a national scope within the NCST research areas of Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations, Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use, Zero-Emission Vehicle & Fuel Technology, and Institutional Change.

Calls for Proposals

No active call at this time. The most recent CFP for USDOT-funded grants was released on February 3, 2020 with a deadline of March 1, 2020. The next call will be released February 2021. 

View the FY 2020-21 USDOT CFP


Caltrans-Funded Research Grants

UC Davis issues its CFP for Caltrans-funded research projects, white papers, and seed grants in February of each year, and the Call is generally open for approximately one month. Awards are typically announced in June, with awarded projects expected to start in October, with one-year terms. Individual award range from $30,000 to $90,000 in direct costs. Priority is given to proposals with a California scope and that inform or help implement Caltrans' goals and activities, within the NCST research areas of Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations, Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use, Zero-Emission Vehicle & Fuel Technology, and Institutional Change.

Calls for Proposals

No active call at this time. The most recent CFP for Caltrans-funded grants was released on February 3, 2020 with a deadline of March 1, 2020. The next call will be released February 2021.

View the FY 2020-21 Caltrans CFP


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Dissertation Research Grants

The NCST offers dissertation research grants for current doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. Dissertation proposals must relate to the NCST's mission of moving the nation towards a more sustainable transportation system from the standpoint of infrastructure and systems operation, vehicles and fuels, travel demand, and institutional change. Doctoral research may be in any discipline, and multidisciplinary topics are encouraged when appropriate. 

Active Call for Proposals

As stated above, students in any program are eligible, so long as their dissertation is in the area of sustainable transportation. The application requires a letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation chair, and students must have advanced to candidacy by April 29, 2020. 

Call is currently open. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Spring 2020 Dissertation Grant CFP

Graduate Student Exchange

The NCST offers a graduate student exchange program in which graduate students work with faculty at the consortium universities to nominate students to travel to one of our partner universities to work with colleagues and collaborators. 

[Exchange policy currently in development]

Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The NCST offers a research fellowship program for UC Davis undergraduates interested in continuing their studies over the summer by conducting research in one of the following areas: environmentally responsible infrastructure and operations, multi-modal travel and sustainable land use, zero-emission vehicle and fuel technologies, and institutional change. The objective is to introduce a select group of undergraduate students to the transportation field through participation in our extensive research program. The fellowship will support students for an eight-week period over the summer to participate in ongoing research projects with faculty and graduate students. 

Learn about the work of previous NCST fellowship recipients

Active Call for Applications

The NCST is currently accepting applications. Fellows will receive $13.50 per hour for eight weeks over the summer (20 hours per week while school is in session and up to 40 hours per week when school is not in session).

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2020.

Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application