DOT Might Fund Your Transport Research Idea

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program provides small businesses with funding to develop commercially viable technologies to answer federal research and development requirements.

“Although small businesses are a frequent sources of technological innovation,” says Transportation Secretary, Norman Y. Mineta, “many lack the necessary funding to support their research. We are looking for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country who will provide the next transportation technology breakthrough.”

Though some past grants have developed technologies for passenger cars, DOT points out there have also been grants that have led to development of devices used by highway maintenance departments to measure pavements strength and resilience and an automated system to reduce congestion and manage access to the country’s highways.

www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/current.html.

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