National Research & Technology Program (5312)

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Program Overview

The National Research and Technology Program (49 U.S.C. 5312) seeks to improve public transportation by funding research, development, demonstration and deployment projects. 

Eligible Recipients

Eligible recipients are determined for each competition, and may include: universities, public transportation systems, state DOTs, non-profit and for-profit entities, amongst others.

Funding Opportunities

  • Funds may be allocated on a discretionary basis. Grant opportunities are posted on under the CFDA Number 20.514. Interested parties may subscribe on that website to receive notification of all FTA research opportunities by entering 20.514 where it requests the CFDA Number.
  • Current Notices of Funding Availability 

Eligible Activities

Research, development, demonstration and deployment projects, and evaluation of technology of national significance to public transportation.

Research Grant Program Requirements

  • FTA Research, Technical Assistance and Training Program Requirements

Additional information

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For More Information...

about the Section 5312 Program, contact the Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation (202) 366-4052.