U.S. DOT’s #SBIR 17.1 Solicitation is Now Open

  • October 24, 2016

The U.S. DOT #SBIR program is a highly competitive, awards-based program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research or research and development (R/R&D) addressing high priority research areas within U.S. DOT. The U.S. DOT #SBIR program favors research that has the potential for commercialization through products and applications sold to the private sector transportation industry, state departments of transportation, U.S. DOT, or other federal agencies. Small businesses that participate in U.S. DOT’s #SBIR program have developed numerous new and innovative technologies that have benefitted the department and the public while providing a basis for growth for small businesses. In FY14, the U.S. DOT SBIR program invested $10 million in qualified small businesses.

The #SBIR Program Office publishes two solicitations each fiscal year for proposals on specific research topics of interest to U.S. DOT operating administrations. Current topics include the following:


Agency Topic Number Topic
Federal Highway Administration 17.1-FH1 Accurate and Rapid Measurement of Adsorption Capacity of Fly Ash in Concrete Mixtures
Federal Highway Administration 17.1-FH2 Rapid Assessment of Air Void System in Fresh Concrete
Federal Railroad Administration 17.1-FR1 Methods for Remanufacturing Creosote-Railroad Ties
Federal Railroad Administration 17.1-FR2 Broken Rail Detection from Flashing Rear End Device
Federal Railroad Administration 17.1-FR3 Resilient Wayside Structures to Reduce Severity of Passenger Equipment Collisions and Derailments
Federal Railroad Administration 17.1-FR4 Smart Phone Application for Onboard Railroad Passenger Information System
Federal Transit Administration 17.1-FT1 Train Crowding and Information Dissemination for Transit Users
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 17.1-NH1 Detection of THC Use in Drivers
Office of the Secretary of Transportation – Research 17.1-OS1 System and Supply Chain for Recycling Lithium-ion batteries in the Transportation System

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