On November 19, NICR invited submissions for the 2022 Request for Proposals. For Year 3, NICR is soliciting proposals for planned and continuing research and new congestion reduction research ideas, new short-duration projects, and education/workforce development projects that support USDOT research priorities and the NICR mission and strategic plan.
For Year 3, NICR has set aside funds for congestion reduction research, including proposals related to the planned research project topics listed below, a new short-duration research project category, and education/technology transfer projects that support the NICR mission and strategic plan. This section describes the overall framework of the RFP in relation to the NICR mission and strategic plan, including research pillars and planned projects. The NICR portfolio of planned research projects is organized under four key pillars shown below. Projects that have not yet received funding are identified with an asterisk.
Pillar 1 Urban and Rural Traffic Management in the Age of Big Data
o Project 1-1: Demand-Side Management of Auto Traffic
o Project 1-2: Supply-Side Management of Auto Traffic
o Project 1-3: System Monitoring of Auto Traffic
o Project 1-4: Transit Priority
o Project 1-5: Multimodal Integration
Pillar 2 Battling Congestion Using Innovative Mobility Platforms
o Project 2-1: Generalizing the Current Modeling Framework
o Project 2-2: Formulating Innovative Mobility Policies to Reduce Congestion
o Project 2-3: Enhancing Equity and Access
o Project 2-4: On-Demand Ride Services with Connected or Automated Fleets*
Pillar 3 Incentivizing Transit in the Face of Innovative Alternatives
o Project 3-1: Influencing Travel Behavior via an Open Source Platform
o Project 3-2: Financial Incentives to Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled*
o Project 3-3: Targeting Transit Incentives to Congestion Sources
Pillar 4 Battling Congestion on Freeway Corridors
o Project 4-1: Pricing Mechanisms for Managed Lanes
o Project 4-2: Proactive Congestion Management
o Project 4-3: Corridor-Wide Surveillance Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Responses are due on January 31, 2022.