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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 

Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility RFP: Understanding Diversity within the Transit Industry – Establishing a Baseline of Diversity Demographics

The Mineta Transportation Institute, in partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), seeks research to better understand the current demographics of the transit industry. The deadline to submit is February 15, 2021. Please review the complete RFP for details, including eligibility and proposal requirements. A FAQ session will be held on Friday, January 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Pacific) via Zoom (details for the Zoom session are in the linked RFP).

Request for Proposals: Understanding Diversity within the Transit Industry – Establishing a Baseline of Diversity Demographics (.pdf)

Required Budget Template (.xls) (updated template 1/12/21 with a correction in the formula for overhead calculation)


California State University Transportation Consortium, Transportation Research and Workforce Development RFP (SB1)

California’s Road Repaid and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) is a comprehensive transportation funding package designed to address a wide range of transportation-related needs across California. As part of SB 1, annual appropriations of up to $2 million are made available to the California State University (CSU) for the purpose of conducting transportation research and transportation-related workforce education, training and development. The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University (SJSU) leads the California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC) along with partners CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, and CSU Long Beach. This research funding opportunity is available to faculty (permanent or temporary) at any California State University campus. Commercial organizations, non-profits, and other universities may not respond to this RFP. The Principal Investigator(s) must be CSU faculty; non-CSU personnel may participate on research teams but funding should be limited. The deadline to apply is February 5, 2021.

Request for Proposals (Calstate InfoReady)


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



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