Request for Research Proposals

Proposals are not being solicited at the present time.

MTI conducts an open, broad-based process for soliciting and selecting transit policy research projects. High-quality proposals that best match the results of the needs assessment and the objectives and research emphasis areas of the institute are selected for funding.

MTI supports research projects staffed entirely by faculty of San José State University (SJSU) or by SJSU faculty collaborating with researchers from outside the university.  Research projects may be 100% funded by MTI, or Institute funds may be combined with funds from other sources, which must be identified in the proposal.

MTI requires that all research team members be certified MTI Research Associates (RA) or MTI Consulting Associates (CA) prior to their involvement in any project. Certification requires a completed application with references, a résumé, and a sample of published research. Individuals who are not currently certified as either an RA or a CA may apply for that status concurrently with submitting a research proposal by submitting a Research Associate Application.

San José State University Emerging Leaders Seed Grant Program

The Mineta Transportation Institute’s Emerging Leader Seed Grant Program seeks to engage and develop leadership capacity among junior faculty. This program supports faculty in the first five years of an academic position who are interested in exploring transportation research problems aligned with MTI’s research goals and objectives.

Submittal Deadline: Open until annual funds are exhausted

Hilary Nixon, PhD
MTI Director of Research and Technology Transfer, 408-924-7564

All research must focus on improving the mobility of people and goods. Proposals should describe how the research will achieve MTI’s goals and objectives and respond to the US DOT’s research priorities as stated in the Application Form.

Grants up to $5,000 may be awarded, subject to available funding. The following file explains the program and includes the application form. (This is limited to SJSU faculty only.)

1  MTI Seed Grant RFP and Application Form

1  Data Management Plan

1  MTI Seed Grant Budget Form