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Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations

Date Posted: 6/28/2013

Closing Date: 9/20/2013

Program: National Transit Research Program: Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2013-003-TRI

Opportunity Announcement Text: 

Opportunity Announcement PDF: 


6/28/2013. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $3.0 million of Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 research funds for innovative research, development, and demonstration projects targeting Bus Efficiency Enhancements, specifically enhanced Electrification of Accessories, and improvements in Thermal Management of Bus Bodies. Synopses and full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2013-003-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through website by midnight Eastern Time on September 20, 2013.  


FY 2012 FTA National Research Program (Section 5312/5314) funding is to promote the development and demonstration of targeted energy efficiency-enhancing technologies – specifically enhanced Electrification of Accessories and improvements in Thermal Management of Bus Bodies – for buses utilized in public transportation. In addition to reducing energy use by transit buses, projects funded as a result of this notice could have favorable impacts on meeting the needs of the riding public, public transportation operators, and the American bus industry and its supplier base, while simultaneously advancing the Department’s research goals, which include but are not limited to improving safety, enhancing the state of good repair of transit systems, providing more effective and efficient public transportation service, increasing capital and operating efficiencies, developing and deploying advanced vehicle designs and technology, reducing harmful emissions, and increasing energy efficiency. These projects will support an overarching FTA goal of developing and deploying new and innovative ideas, practices, and approaches for transit buses. FTA expects to award funds through a Cooperative Agreement soon after selection. 

Eligible Applicants

Departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the Government, including Federal laboratories; State and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; private or non-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and technical and community colleges. Teams must include key roles by individuals representing both (1) a public transportation agency and (2) a bus manufacturer or supplier of relevant systems or components. Teaming and collaboration is encouraged with other organizations that can add value.

Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424

All applicants must complete the supplemental form (PDF) and attach it to their submission in


An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by midnight Eastern Time on September 20, 2013. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

For Further Information Contact

For information on this RFP for Bus Efficiency Enhancements Research and Demonstrations, contact program manager Marcel Belanger, Office of Mobility Innovation, e-mail:

Updated: Friday, March 18, 2016
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