2020 C2SMART Center Request for Proposals

C2SMART is soliciting proposals from its consortium faculty for research projects in 2020. In addition to the merit of the proposed research, projects will be selected based on their proposed outputs (i.e. products, tools), external partners/users of the generated products, and real-world implementations that will result. Received proposals will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to evaluate the merit of the proposed research, feasibility, and fit with the center’s themes.

Research Topic Areas

Each proposal should fit into one or more of the topic areas listed below, and should identify in detail how the proposed research will fit into the following themes:

Big data generated by field implementations and non-traditional sensing technologies can be used to develop secure and interoperable data sharing platforms and system-oriented solutions. There is a need to better take advantage of these sources to address a wide range of mobility needs involving people and goods to achieve efficiency, resiliency, accessibility, and sustainability.

Connected and autonomous vehicles, rail systems, and other modes will bring revolutionary changes to the way our transportation systems work, but many questions about how these systems will work in a real city remain unanswered. Research is needed to better deploy these systems throughout urban networks and pave the way for widespread real-world implementation.

New modes and services are revolutionizing urban transportation and providing increased mobility options. As these new services are introduced, there is a need to ensure they are meeting city residents’ mobility needs in an efficient, safe, and equitable way.

New modes and services are revolutionizing urban transportation and providing increased mobility options. As these new services are introduced, there is a need to ensure they are meeting city residents’ mobility needs in an efficient, safe, and equitable way.

Currently, most repair, maintenance, and replacement decisions for urban infrastructure are made in the absence of reliable data. There is a need to assess the vulnerabilities of urban infrastructure and work towards resilient systems that function when strained by difficult conditions.

Despite the growing variety of transportation options available in cities, many face limited choices due to physical accessibility limitations, safety concerns, or other impediments to safe and efficient travel. Research is needed to improve accessibility for groups who are often underrepresented or overlooked in transportation policy development and research.

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal

Proposal submissions will follow the outlined 2-step process as follows. Please note that submission deadlines for each step.

Step 1: Submit Proposal Abstract and Parameters in the below online form on or before November 22, 2019.

Based on the received information, subjects, and number of proposals received, Principal Investigators will be contacted by Center administration with next steps to submit full proposals.

Step 2: Full Proposals must be submitted via the online submission system on or before December 9, 2019.

 

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