Research

The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM) research program involves a diverse and growing number of certified Research Associates (RA), Consulting Associates (CA), and student research assistants in a wide spectrum of transportation research projects.

Research projects

MCTM certifies all Research and Consulting Associates prior to their involvement in any project. Certification requires a completed application with a résumé and a sample of published research. Certification must be renewed every five years.

Project selection begins with an extensive needs assessment by staff, including input from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Caltrans, and MCTM's Board of Trustees. Following the needs assessment, the Institute issues a formal Request for Proposals (RFP). 

Request for Research Proposals

Proposals for Summer 2017 are due July 31, 2017.

Data Management Plan (.pdf)

Candidates who are interested in conducting MCTM research studies must first undergo an in-depth certification process. Certification usually requires a PhD, but practitioners with an advanced degree and a record of peer-reviewed, published research also may qualify. Certification requires an application, acceptance of the Research Associate By-Laws, a vita, and a copy of published research.

Research and Consulting Associate Certification

To apply for certification as a Research or Consulting Associate for the Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility, please complete the interactive application form. The form must be signed and accompanied by a current curriculum vitae or résumé, along with a sample of published research.

Please submit all materials electronically to Dr. Hilary Nixon, MCTM Director of Research: hilary.nixon@sjsu.edu.

Research Associate (RA) candidates are expected to have:

  • Completed a PhD in a field relevant to transportation policy research
  • Established a record of publication in the transportation policy field or a field with direct relevance to transportation policy research
  • Established a record of publications in peer-reviewed academic journals

Consulting Associate (CA) candidates are expected to have:

  • Completed a graduate degree in a field relevant to transportation research
  • Established a record of professional publication in then transportation field or a field with direct relevance to transportation research

Research Associate Application Form (.pdf)

  • The interactive form may be completed, signed and submitted electronically from Adobe Acrobat (full version).
  • If Adobe Acrobat is unavailable, Adobe Reader may be used to complete and print the form, then sign, and submit by mail.
  • Applicants must include curriculum vitae or résumé and a copy of recent research from a juried or peer-reviewed publication.
  • Note: Signatures are required on all applications.