DOT Looking for Research Proposals From Small Firms

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking research proposals from small companies aimed at solving nearly a dozen of its most pressing technical problems.

Of the 11 topics DOT included in the Phase 1 program, as many as half may involve, support or have implications for unmanned systems. The topics in the final solicitation are:

— Automated Detection of Broken Spike Fasteners in Wood Tie Railroad Track

— Automated Driving Systems Test Data Interface

— Automated, Drone-Based Grade Crossing Inspection

— Cost Allocation Technology for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

— Improved Condition Monitoring of Traction Motors

— Innovative, Low-Cost Methods for Concrete Bridge Deck Assessment

— In-Vehicle Highway Rail Grade Crossing Alert System

— Portable Stiffness/Elastic Modulus Measurement System

— Secure Motor Carrier Safety Data Information Exchange Using Blockchain

— Vehicle Communication via Induction Paint

— Wireless Pore Water Pressure Sensor

DOT will be working through the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

These Phase I solicitations — which have awards worth an estimated $150,000 each — were authorized under Federal SBIR programs. Those programs have been extended through September 30, 2022, as part of the 56th National Defense Authorization Act.

For more information see solicitation number 6913G619QSBIR1 on The deadline to respond is April 22.