Request for Proposals

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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.

Request for Proposals 

[Updated deadline]

The 2024 California State University Transportation Consortium Request for Proposals is open. The competition is open to faculty at any CSU campus. The updated deadline to apply is Monday, January 29, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific). Please review full details on the RFP Guidelines. Questions can be addressed to Hilary Nixon (

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 tenure-track faculty. This program supports faculty in the first five years of an academic tenure-track position at SJSU 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



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