2021 C2SMART Center Request for Proposals


Please note the deadline to submit a proposal abstract for consideration has been extended to Sunday, November 29 at 11:59 PM EST


C2SMART is soliciting proposals from its consortium faculty for research projects in 2021. 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

Proposals should fall into one of the two tracks listed below. Note that preference will be given for proposals that fall under Track 1:

Track 1: Implementation or Demonstration of a Prior C2SMART Research Effort

  • Under this track, C2SMART seeks to build off of prior research conducted at the center towards real-world implementations or demonstrations of research outcomes. These could include field implementations, product releases, prototypes, or pilot demonstrations. All proposals should help C2SMART Center research better meet USDOT Technology Transfer goals.
  • Agency or industry partner to be heavily involved in the real-world implementation/demonstration of a research project. Partner commitment must be gained prior to authorization of the project.
  • Technology products or other impacts will be generated as a result of the project. Examples may include mobile applications, field installation of equipment, web-tool to model or analyze data, prototype of a new sensor/device, or other.

Track 2:  Advanced Research Project within Center Themes

  • Under this track, proposals that fall under a center research area will be accepted if they advance center research under a multi-disciplinary perspective. This track is also targeted at new PIs and partnerships across different disciplines to diversify C2SMART research. Note that scopes must be limited to ensure completion within 1 year. No extensions will be given.
  • Under Track 2, research should fall under any of the below center research 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.

Under this special topic area, C2SMART seeks to fund projects specifically tackling research into the future of transportation systems in cities following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, research into solutions to the problems created by the changing nature of transportation demand and user preferences following the pandemic to support smarter and healthier cities.

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 29, 2020.

Abstract submission is now closed and Principal Investigators have been contacted by Center administration with next steps to submit full proposals. If you have been invited, please proceed to Step 2 below.

Step 2: Full Proposals must be submitted via the online submission system on or before December 22, 2020.

Full proposal submission is by invite only. Please reach out to c2smart@nyu.edu for instructions.

PIs/PI teams that are selected for full proposal submission should submit full proposal packages on or before the deadline to be considered for funding, Once received, proposals will be reviewed by Center Administration for completeness and then be entered into the peer-review process.

Download the full guidelines and templates here

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Download the research project proposal template

Download the data management plan template

Download the research project budget template