2017 RFP

UMEC Competitive Collaborative Research Grants Solicitation

UMEC has three research themes for its competitively awarded research projects:

          1. Transit/paratransit/ride-sharing and freight planning and operations to improve urban

mobility, access and cost efficiency;

          2. Acceptance and affordability of connected/automated/electric vehicles and

planning/management of innovative vehicle systems; and

          3. Distribution of transportation costs and benefits, including equity of user fees and taxes.

The UMEC research program will fund up to four projects totaling $560,000 this grant year.
Competitively selected research will consist of collaborative, advanced or applied research to
solve mobility challenges and lead to public policy recommendations or new tools/innovations.

  •  Projects must be collaborations between faculty and students from at least two of the UMEC partner universities. Faculty researchers are encouraged to include on their research teams fully capable faculty members and students from MSIs not affiliated with other UTCs.
  • Proposals must be no more than six pages (12 point font) with abstract, introduction, scope of work, description of study team and their associated tasks, expected impacts, and budgets including 50% match. Each collaborating partner university must have a budget and altogether the budgets will sum to the project total.
  • Proposals would be expected to gain stakeholder (e.g., state DOT, private sector) cooperation and commitment. Stakeholder letter of support is strongly recommended and does not count toward number of pages.
  • All projects are expected to have recommendations for implementation or deployment with the realization that some basic and advanced research may not be immediately implementable.
  •  All projects' recommendations must address any equity implications, i.e., fair treatment among societal groups and populations. A project may have no implications for specific groups, but they at least must be considered.
  •  Final reports and all data will be stored according to the UMEC data management plan.
  •  Submit proposals to the UMEC director at your university by June 26, 2017.
  •  Each partner university may submit up to three proposals by July 7, which will undergo peer review (see criteria below).
  •  You will be notified of the result after peer review and selection by UMEC directors.

Evaluation Criteria and Weights

Proposals will be evaluated on the following weighted criteria:
     (1) Transportation subject matter - focus and topic areas are addressed: to improve urban mobility of people and goods in a safe, environmentally sustainable, and equitable manner (e.g., access to opportunities, smart cities, novel modes of transport, systems integration, analytical tools to optimize movement, and regional planning)-0.2
     (2) Quality of proposed work within allotted time - methodology is conceptually and technically sound and can be accomplished in the time allotted-0.3
     (3) Research capabilities - principal investigator(s) has the capability to fulfill the research methodology and has budgeted resources that are sufficient (50% non-federal match required)-0.2
     (4) Utilization of student researchers - principal investigator(s) has involved graduate and/or undergraduate students in meaningful research activities-0.1
     (5) Value to transportation community - project is timely and implementable-0.2

Proposal will receive a score for each criterion from 0-100 and the score will be multiplied by the criterion weight for a weighted score. The weighted scores will be added to an overall score.
The overall score and a verbal rating will be applied to the proposal:
Excellent: (90-100) proposal is truly outstanding in meeting the criteria.
Very Good: (80-89) proposal has some minor deficiencies, but otherwise worthy.
Good: (70-79) proposal has some deficiencies but also positive attributes.
Fair: (60-69) proposal has only a few positive attributes.
Poor: (less than or equal to 59) proposal has serious deficiencies