University Transportation Center grants extended

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration will extend current University Transportation Center grants by one year. The 22 UTCs that were selected in January are currently using fiscal 2011 funds for their research, and RITA will extend their existing grants for one year and award 2012 funds to these programs.

In addition, under the recently enacted surface transportation reauthorization (MAP-21), RITA will hold a new UTC competition during fiscal 2013 and will provide funding through fiscal 2014, with selections and grant awards made no later than Oct. 1, 2013.

The UTC program, which began in 1987, awards grants to universities across the United States to advance state-of-the-art transportation research and develop the next generation of transportation professionals.