June 20 Deadline to Apply for Transportation Research Grants

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is soliciting requests for proposals (RFP) from qualified research faculty conducting transportation research in select areas.

Update: Deadline to submit RFPs is 5:00 pm on June 20, 2018.

RFPs must focus on one of the following themes and topics:

  • Technology for Improved Mobility
    • Define, identify, and apply criteria to assess the criticality of roadway networks in terms of volume, capacity, connectivity, emergency services, and other performance characteristics
    • National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data development and applications
  • Improving Mobility for Disadvantaged Populations
    • Identify the key issues and challenges to evacuating the carless population in response to major threats and disasters
    • Design and develop a workforce development and training framework and identify strategies to improve the mobility of disadvantaged workers
  • Improving Resilience and Protecting the Environment
    • Develop methods for assessing, mitigating, and adapting roadway infrastructure to coastal hazards and threats
    • Assessing transportation vulnerability for evacuation optimization
    • Resilience on extreme weather events, best-practices on storm water management for highway engineering and planning, and emergency operations
    • Lessons learned for transportation resiliency from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
  • Managing Mobility in High Growth Cities and Regions
    • Optimized supply chain management to support economic growth and resiliency of the Hawaiian Islands
    • Benefit and cost analysis of mitigation and adaptation strategies for coastal hazard risk and impacts to roadway infrastructure

A total of $53,000 is available for award from the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center (UTC). Each project that is awarded will receive a maximum of $20,000.

Update: Awardees will be announced by July 1, 2018.

The PSR UTC consists of the University of Hawaiʻi and seven university partners, including: University of Southern California; California State University, Long Beach; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; Northern Arizona University; and Pima Community College.

Full-time and tenure track faculty members at the University of Hawaiʻi are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators on UH PSR UTC project awards. Proposals may include multiple investigators and may also include research faculty and non-tenure track faculty from the university as Co-Principal Investigators. All proposals must include at minimum a one-to-one match on direct costs.

RFPs must be in PDF format (max 10 MB) and emailed to Eric Yamashita at ericyama@hawaii.edu.

Submitted PDFs must be titled as follows: last name, first initial, university, and the number of the proposal if more than one is being submitted.

For more information, view the PSR UTC RFP Guidelines (pdf) at or contact Eric Yamashita at ericyama@hawaii.edu or 956-0602 or Pradip Pant at pradip@hawaii.edu or 956-0614


More About the Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center

The Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) University Transportation Center (UTC) is a consortium of two to four-year colleges and universities that have come together to form a unique synergistic relationship. The PSR UTC is led by the University of Southern California, and consists of seven other university partners including: California State University, Long Beach; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaiʻi (UH); Northern Arizona University; and Pima Community College.

Karl Kim, a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Executive Director for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, is the lead for UH in the PSR UTC.

The PSR UTC is currently funded through 2020. It is responsible to:

  1. Solicit proposals to conduct research in the field of transportation to advance the body of knowledge in transportation,
  2. to provide education and workforce development activities to expand the workforce of transportation professionals in Hawaii and across the U.S.,
  3. to deliver an ongoing program of technology transfer that makes transportation research results available to those people in transportation research and industry.