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.

Active Calls for Proposals

UC Davis will issue its next CFP for USDOT-funded grants on February 3, 2020.  

Past Calls for Proposals

View the 2020 NCST UVM Call for Proposals

View the 2019 UCD USDOT Call for Proposals


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.

Active Calls for Proposals

UC Davis will issue its next CFP for Caltrans-funded grants on February 3, 2020.  

Past Calls for Proposals

View the 2019 UCD Caltrans Call for Proposals


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. 

Calls for Proposals

Students in any program are eligible, so long as their dissertation is in the area of sustainable transportation and they have advanced to candidacy prior to the CFP due date. The application requires a letter of recommendation from the student’s dissertation chair. The next call will be issued for Spring 2020. 

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. 

The UC Davis call for fellowship applications is released each March, with applications due in May.

Learn about the work of previous NCST fellowship recipients

Past Calls for Applications

View the 2019 UC Davis Call for Applications