NITC Education Proposals

NITC Education Proposals

NITC Education Proposals

The purpose of the education grant program is to attract students to transportation education opportunities at the K-12 and university level. NITC’s education grants will focus on creating opportunities for experiential learning, attracting and supporting undergraduate students, and K-12 STEM activities. The following are examples of the kinds of activities we hope to support but are not meant to restrict proposals:

  • Developing and testing new innovative curriculum that can be adopted widely at other universities
  • Developing a standalone transportation module that can be integrated into a full course and shared with other universities
  • Efforts aimed to attract and retain new undergraduate students to transportation-related degree programs, with particular focus on increasing the number of women and students of color
  • K-12 STEM workshop

Items that will not be supported by this initiative:

  • Faculty salary to teach an existing course
  • Continuing or long-term funding for existing activities
  • A student-led activity or research
  • Travel not essential to conducting research or performing project tasks
  • Equipment over $5,000
  • Long-term personnel support


Faculty, research faculty and other university professionals eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) at Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah.

Matching funds

All awards require 1:1 match.

Proposal Evaluation

NITC staff will review proposals. Grants will awarded based on the following:

  • Clarity and merit of proposed education activity
  • Collaboration and connection with partners
  • Replicability or scalability of activity
  • Fit with NITC’s theme of contributing to transportation innovations that improve the mobility of people and goods to build strong communities
  • Probability of success

To Apply

Submit your completed proposal and non-research budget by logging into: Select “Education Grant” grant cycle.

NITC Education Proposal Form

Submit all documents online at: Select “Education Grant” Grant Cycle. For further information, contact Lisa Patterson ().


Project Title:


Name: / Title:
Address: / University:
Phone: / Email:

CO-INVESTIGATORS (Add more rows for each additional Co-Investigator)

Name: / Name:
University: / University:
Address: / Address:
Phone: / Email: / Phone: / Email:


Project Cost (total $ request from NITC):
How many students will be involved in this research? / Will this proposal involve untenured, tenure-track faculty?
Undergraduate students: / Masters students: / PhD students:

MATCH SOURCES (Add more rows for each additional source)

Contact Name: / Contact Name:
Organization: / Organization:
Phone: / Email: / Phone: / Email:
Is the match cash or in-kind? / Is the match cash or in-kind?
How is match related to the project (choose one)?
Extension/part of, related or joint project
Earlier related (e.g., phase 1 of 2, etc.)
Other unrelated transportation project
/ How is match related to the project (choose one)?
Extension/part of, related or joint project
Earlier related (e.g., phase 1 of 2, etc.)
Other unrelated transportation project
Dates of match (cannot start before 11/30/16): / Dates of match (cannot start before 11/30/16):

Cash match is considered any direct financial contribution provided by a partner to directly support the project in the form of salaries, benefits, tuition, expendable property, supplies and services; etc.

Third party in-kind non-federal match may include: unrecovered indirect costs, values for recipient contributions of services, volunteer services furnished by professional and technical personnel, consultants or other skilled or unskilled labor if service is integral or necessary part of the project, or donated supplies.

1. ABSTRACT (limit 1/2 page)

Provide a brief summary of the proposal. (Note that, this abstract will be used on the NITC website.)

2. GOALS & OBJECTIVES (limit 1 page)

What are the goals and objectives of the project? What are the anticipated outcomes of this project? Describe how and to what extend the proposed project or activity will contribute to the main goal of this grant. If possible, estimate the number of students or participants may be impacted.

3. TASKS & SCHEDULES (limit 1 page)

What are the tasks, schedule (with anticipated timeline). Please identify the investigator(s) and student(s) responsible for performing each the task.

4. PRODUCT (limit 1/2 page)

What is the end product for this project? Examples of product include lesson plans and lab exercises

5. REPLICABILITY (limit 1/2 page)

Is this project designed so that it can be replicated and shared with other universities and faculties? How will you share and communicate the results?


Are there any partners on the project? Who are they, and what are their roles? REQUIRED: Provide an explanation and documentation of match funding by inserting scanned match commitment letters and/or other documentation.


NITC National Education Proposal Form