The University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program began in 1987 to assist with the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods. UTCs are composed of two- and four-year colleges that work together on a specific research topic.
NICR is a National University Transportation Center comprised of researchers from the University of South Florida, the University of California Berkeley, Texas A&M University, and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Together, this consortium works towards finding innovative solutions to traffic congestion issues. The team was notified of their selection on June 5, 2019; NICR was awarded $7.5 million over 3 years with 100% non-federal match required ($15 million in total).
NICR is a national University Transportation Center within the University of South Florida. It was established by the Center for Urban Transportation Research through a national competition. CUTR was awarded this prestigious designation in June 2019.
NICR is built on four main pillars: data, mobility platforms, innovative alternatives, and freeway corridors. The three topics of focus within these categories are optimization, data, and options. In Y1, there were 17 projects planned on these criteria. In Y2, new research ideas include (but are not limited to) COVID-19, equity and social justice, and technological adjustments. Y2 projects are expected to be awarded in mid-April of 2021.
NICR will emerge as a national leader in providing multimodal congestion reduction strategies through real-world deployments that leverage advances in technology, big data science and innovative transportation options to optimize the efficiency and reliability of the transportation system for all users. Our efficient and effective delivery of integrated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer program will be a model for the nation
Open positions through each university member will be posted online.
All NICR funding is designated for the consortium members. However, other universities or partners may be involved pursuant to a sub-contract as part of a NICR proposal.
Yes, the faculty researchers hire students based on their project needs to be funded by NICR. Openings will be posted through the university websites.