National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness

The National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness (NCITEC), a national University Transportation Center (UTC), established through a $3.5M grant from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a request for proposals.

About NCITEC:  RITA recently selected 10 Tier 1 University Transportation Centers (2 transit-focused UTCs and 10 regional UTCs) through a full and open competition following the framework of competitive UTC programs under SAFETEA-LU Sections 5506(e) and (f).  NCITEC was one of the 10 regional UTCs selected by RITA in January 2012.  NCITEC is a consortium of five universities managed by Mississippi State University (MSU).  Other members include the University of Denver (UD), the University of Mississippi (UM), Louisiana State University (LSU), and Hampton University (HU).

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology (CAIT) is the partnering entity at the University of Mississippi:

NCITEC seeks to promote the development of an integrated, economically competitive, efficient, safe, secure, and sustainable national intermodal transportation network by integrating all transportation modes for both freight and passenger mobility.

This objective will be achieved by conducting coordinated research projects at partnering institutions. NCITEC plans to competitively select research, educational, workforce development, and technology transfer projects that address intermodal connectivity for both freight and passenger systems.

Key Dates (2012):

April 24, 2012:          Budget, Scope of Work, Budget Justification and Transmittal Form due to ORSP. 
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May 1, 2012:             Proposals due to MSU

Eligibility:  Proposals are welcome from investigators in many academic and research areas including engineering, urban planning, political science, public administration, psychology, marketing, business, sociology, medical & health sciences, etc. 

Matching:  A one to one match is required. 

Funding Amount:  NCITEC funding for each project is expected to be in the range of $50,000-$100,000.

Download the Full RFP from the CAIT website: