The UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) is now accepting proposals in response to its 2023-24 Request for Proposals (RFP).

The RFP will allocate approximately $4 million to support research that directly addresses and informs transportation policy, planning, and engineering issues in California. Funding allocated through this RFP comes from the State of California through an ongoing, annual allocation from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1) and a one-time allocation in the 2021 State Budget for the Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative (RIMI)

The RFP is open to eligible applicants at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and other UC campuses. UCLA researchers are also eligible applicants; however, they must apply through a separate RFP being administered by UCLA ITS available at:

Please refer to the following resources for more information and to apply: 

Important dates and timeline:

  • Request for proposals released Wednesday, April 5, 2023.
  • Proposal submissions due Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 5:00 pm PDT.
  • Applicants will be notified about award decisions by Friday, July 28, 2023

Questions concerning this RFP may be submitted using this online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a limit on the number of proposals that a Principal Investigator (PI) can submit?

There is no limit on the number of proposals that a PI can submit in response to this RFP. However, PIs should be aware that, because there is limited funding, decisions about project awards will be competitive.

Can PIs with in-progress projects apply for funding in response to this RFP?

Yes, see Part III: Applicant and Project Eligibility, Section A: Applicant Eligibility: “Those with projects funded in the FY 2022-23 UC ITS RFP cycle and/or in the RIMI Phase 1 cycle are eligible to apply; however, all expected deliverables (deliverables for which an extension has not been granted, if applicable) must be completed before FY 2023-24 funds will be disbursed.”

I am the PI for a Phase 1 Resilient and Innovative Mobility Initiative (RIMI) project, but my project will not be completed by the end of Phase 1 (June 30, 2023). Am I eligible to apply for funding in response to this RFP?

If your Phase 1 project requires a “No Cost Extension” (NCE), you will not be expected to submit your final report and policy brief (or other deliverables) by the end of Phase 1 / June 30, 2023. Information about how to request a NCE will be shared with RIMI PIs in May.