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Rural and Small Urban Transit Applied Technology Technical Center FY 2019 Notice of Funding

Date Posted:
Date Closed:
Opportunity ID: FTA-2019-011-RSUTAT


7/24/2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Rural and Small Urban Transit Applied Technology Technical Assistance Center (RSU-TAT). Synopses and full announcement are posted on as opportunity FTA-2019-011-RSUTAT. Proposals must be submitted electronically through by midnight Eastern Time on 08/09/2019.


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals under FTA’s Technical Assistance and Workforce Development Program (CFDA#20.531) to fund the Rural and Small Urban Transit Applied Technology Technical Assistance Center (RSU-TAT).  The RSU-TAT will carry out activities to assist small urban, rural, tribal public transit recipients, and planning organizations with applied innovation and capacity-building. The activities and assistance provided by the RSU-TAT will not duplicate the activities of the National Rural Transportation Assistance Program (National RTAP), the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), or the National Aging and Disabilities Transportation Center (NADTC). 

The mission of the RSU-TAT will be to deliver expert focused technical assistance directly to rural areas and small cities that have developed proper local support and capacity. The aim is developing transit technologies and innovative deployments that make services in rural and small city America more cost-effective and efficient. 

There will be four main objectives of the RSU-TAT:

  1. Develop resources to help rural areas and small cities understand the benefits of emerging transit technology and innovation, investment and partnership opportunities, and the impacts of federal, state and legislative changes.  
  2. Identify and broadcast promising practices at the federal, state and local levels that are replicable and have broad impact beyond any one community. 
  3. Research and produce reports and white papers to promote an understanding of the emerging transit technologies and innovations and how they can be applied in rural and small city America.  
  4. Provide expert technical assistance at the local level to find customized approaches that deliver the desired transit results to communities in need. Incorporate the development of promising practices and peer-to-peer approaches into this effort.

Eligible Applicants:

Only national non-profit organizations are eligible to submit a proposal in response to this notice. Organizations must have transportation, planning, health care, veterans service, workforce development, and/or higher education experience, the capacity to provide public transportation-related technical assistance, and the ability to deliver a national technical assistance and training program. A single lead organization must be designated in the proposal. Other organizations may participate as subcontractors or sub recipients.

Link and Instructions for the SF-424: 

A complete proposal submission will consist of at least two files: (1) the SF-424 Mandatory form (downloaded from GRANTS.GOV and (2) a narrative application document in Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat or compatible file format.  The narrative application should be in the format outlined in section 2 below. Once completed, the narrative application must be placed in the attachments section of the SF-424 Mandatory form. Proposers must attach the narrative application file to their submission in GRANTS.GOV to successfully complete the proposal process. A proposal submission may contain additional supporting documentation as attachments.

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An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 08/09/2019. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

For Further Information Contact:

For information on this RFP for RSUTAT, contact Kelly Tyler, FTA Office of Program Management, (202) 366-3102, or