Request For Proposals

MTI conducts an open, broad-based process for soliciting and selecting transportation 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 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.

Request for Proposals 

There are no open requests for proposals at this time. 

Data Management Plan

To comply with federal public access requirements, all data associated with federally-funded research (e.g. surveys, datasets generated from the research, video recordings, image files, etc.) are made available to the public in an open access data repository. More details are available in MTI's Data Management Plan (.pdf)

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

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 information explains the program and includes the application form. (This is limited to SJSU faculty only.)

MTI Seed Grant RFP and Application Form (.pdf)

MTI Seed Grant Budget Form (.xls)

For questions, contact: 
Hilary Nixon, PhD 
MTI Deputy Executive Director, 408-924-7564