Discretionary Funding Opportunity

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on October 1, 2013, the availability of $29,000,000 in Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Program funds for innovative safety, resiliency, and all-hazards emergency response and recovery research demonstration projects of national significance. This Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) makes funds available for cooperative agreements to engage in the demonstration of innovative technologies, methods, practices and techniques in three areas:

(1) Operational safety,
(2) Infrastructure or equipment resiliency and
(3) All-hazards emergency response and recovery methods.

Eligible applicants include providers of public transportation; State and local governmental entities; departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government including Federal laboratories; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges.

The complete Federal Register notice may be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-01/pdf/2013-23885.pdf.

Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV (http://www.grants.gov) ‘‘APPLY’’ function by December 2, 2013.

Prospective applicants should initiate the process by registering on the GRANTS.GOV web site promptly to ensure completion of the application process before the submission deadline. Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13077.html and in the ‘‘FIND’’ module of GRANTS.GOV. Mail and fax submissions will not be accepted.

For specific information regarding the three areas of research targeted within this NOFA contact the following program specialists in FTA’s Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation (TRI):

• For operational safety questions, contact Roy Chen, Office of Technology, email royweishun.chen@dot.gov
• For infrastructure or equipment resiliency questions, please contact Terrell Williams, Office of Technology, email terrell.williams@dot.gov
• For all-hazards emergency response and recovery questions contact Patrick Centolanzi, Office of Technology, email patrick.centolanzi@dot.gov
• For general program information on this opportunity, contact Matthew Lesh, email matthew.lesh@dot.gov. A TDD is available at 1-800-877-8339 (TDD/FIRS).

For further information, contact Region 10’s Annette Lee at 206-220-4461 or email annette.lee@dot.gov.


/R.F. Krochalis/

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator