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History of UTC program:
- Initiated in 1987 (via transp. Act) – created 10 centers 1 per Federal Region.
- 1991 (ISTEA) reauthorized the UTCs for an additional six years and added four national centers and six University Research institutes (URI). Mission:  To advance U.S. expertise and technology transfer. The six URIs each had a specific transportation research and development mandate. -In 1998 (TEA-21) reauthorized the program addit. 6 years & added 23 centers (total of 33). Established education as 1 of the primary objectives of a UTC & institutionalized the use of strategic planning in university grant management.
-Currently the program exists and is managed within the US DOT multi-modal, Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)
Transportation Professional Capacity Building  Overview provided to the CUTC Conference by Suzanne Sloan, Volpe. Included ITS PCB overview included the following:
That the transportation PCBs are looking to partner with university organizations to collaborate on course content development and local delivery.
Preliminary thoughts/ideas (also on slide) include:
Targeted delivery of local professional development of transportation workforce.
Engagement of UTC instructors in the creation of local professional development opportunities.
More local knowledge and technology transfer.
A broadening of opportunities within the transportation workforce for students who pursue UTC fellowships and scholarships.
Recap of RSIP – ITS component
NOTE: 3 Phase Project, but 2 Phase Application Process (may sound confusing)
3 Phase project (as indicated on slide above)
Phase I:  Competition and selection of 4-10 rural partners (based on # and cost of proposals)
Phase II:  Rural deployment of ITS technologies 
Phase III:  Independent evaluation and publication of results
2-Phase application process (as reflected on the next slide):
Phase I – application “brief” for selection of ITS projects which complied with Phase I application requirements (per announcement)
Phase II – complete, expanded application. More detailed work plan, budget, staffing plan etc.
HISTORY of Current Status
- Rural Safety RFA released on 2/29
- 98 proposals received, and evaluated
-24 ITS project applications identified to submit applications for phase 2
-Evaluation team established – each application will be reviewed by a minimum of 2
individuals, including subject matter expert.
History of Current Schedule
- Project Applications (Phase I) were due April 14, 2008
- Successful applicants (24) were notified by May 12, 2008 to submit Phase II applications
- Phase II Project Proposals were due July 7, 2008
- 20 Applications for Phase II have been received, categorized by general topic area (road weather, speed etc.) and distributed to reviewers
Current Status
- Project Applications (Phase I) were due April 14, 2008
- Successful applicants were notified on or by May 12, 2008
24  ITS project applicants
- Draft statement of work for independent evaluation completed and under revision
- Phase II Project Proposals were due July 7, 2008
20 of the 24 ITS applicants submitted Phase II proposals
- Evaluators complete review 7/21/08
- Brief Administrators Paul Brubaker, and Jim Ray; and Jeff Paniati, and Shelley Row 8/04/08
- Brief Deputy Secretary and RSIP Multi-modal Planning Group 8/05/08
- Announce awards August 18, 2008
- Applicant obligates funds by September 30, 2008