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The National Center for Sustainable Transportation funds a variety of research grants, organized by our four research themes (Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations; Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use; Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies; and Institutional Change), and by project type (applied research projects, white papers / research synthesis, seed grants, translational projects, dissertation grants, and graduate student-led research). 

Incentive Systems for New Mobility Services

  • Principal Investigator Meisam Razaviyayn, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
In this research, investigators will study and develop mechanisms for offering incentives to organizations and companies to change the behavior of individual drivers in their organization.
Project Status
In Progress

Annual Investigation of Nationwide Mobility Trends: “The Pulse of The Nation” on the 3 Revolutions

  • Principal Investigator Giovanni Circella, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Davis
The study will shed light on the evolving impacts of new mobility options on various components of travel behavior and vehicle ownership, how these solutions expand travel options and the circumstances under which travelers increase travel multimodality and may reduce their reliance on the use of private vehicles.
Project Status
In Progress

Real World Brake Activity of Heavy-Duty Vehicles

  • Principal Investigator Heejung Jung, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Riverside
This study aims to investigate the influence of regenerative brake system on the brake PM emissions using vehicles which has both battery electric vehicle, electric vehicle, and internal combustion engine (ICE) versions, or hydrogen electric vehicles and ICE versions.
Project Status
In Progress

Evaluating Heterogeneity in Household Travel Response to Carbon Pricing: A Study Focusing on Small and Rural Communities

  • Principal Investigator Gregory Rowangould, Ph.D.
  • University of Vermont
The aim of this research project is to collect new information about household travel behavior, how households may respond to increased transportation fuel costs, and information about real and perceived barriers to avoiding higher transportation fuel costs in diverse rural communities.
Project Status
In Progress

What California Gains from Reducing Car Dependence

  • Principal Investigator Susan Handy, Ph.D.
  • University of California, Davis

Reducing the need for driving makes it possible to reduce the amount of driving and the myriad negative impacts that come with it:  greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, injur

Project Status
Complete