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Research center unveils National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Author: Justin Carinci
Posted: March 28, 2012

Portland State University is pleased to announce the creation of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of PSU’s Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). The program stems from a $3.5 million grant awarded to PSU through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In January, the Department of Transportation chose Portland State to lead one of 22 transportation research centers nationwide, based in part on the university’s success leading OTREC, a national university transportation center. The NITC program builds on this success, and marks a new collaboration with the University of Utah.

NITC is seeking proposals for research, education and technology transfer projects under its first round of grant funding. Researchers at PSU, the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology and the University of Utah may submit proposals that advance the NITC theme of livable communities. OTREC will be hosting an information session on Friday, April 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. All PSU faculty are eligible to apply. This information session will provide an overview of the current request for proposal, which can be found at: http://otrec.us/nitc. Abstracts due Friday, April 13, and full proposals are due on May 4. If you are interested in attending, please respond to hagedorn@otrec.us.

NITC will fund mutlidisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer projects that:
•    Improving health and safety for all users
•    Increasing the efficiency and understanding of cycling, walking and transit
•    Making the best use of data, performance measures and analytical tools
•    Integrating multimodal transportation with land use
•    Taking long-term action on transportation emissions and climate change.

Project awards require a one-to-one cash or in-kind match from a nonfederal partner. Since its 2006 founding, OTREC has worked on projects with nearly 50 of these partner agencies in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The NITC program will expand the pool of match partners thanks to the close relationships between the University of Utah and local transit, planning and other organizations.

As collaboration across disciplines and campuses is encouraged, proposals may include multiple investigators. Projects may begin Aug. 1, and must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013.

Information on the NITC program is at: http://otrec.us/nitc
Information on OTREC research and programs is at http://otrec.us