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U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Solicitation is Now Available

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicitation was released on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 and will close at 5:00 pm EST on Monday, April 22, 2019. The purpose of this program is to stimulate technological innovations in DOT programs utilizing, to the degree possible, the valuable resources and creative capabilities of the small business community in the United States.

To access the solicitation in FedBizOpp, please select this link: FY2019 SBIR Solicitation.

Solicitation Topics

Federal Highway Administration

  • 190-FH1: Vehicle Communication via Induction Paint
  • 190-FH2: Innovative, Low-Cost Methods for Concrete Bridge Deck Assessment

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

  • 190-FM1: Secure Motor Carrier Safety Data Information Exchange Using Blockchain

Federal Railroad Administration

  • 190-FR1: Portable Stiffness/Elastic Modulus Measurement System
  • 190-FR2: Wireless Pore Water Pressure Sensor
  • 190-FR3: Automated Detection of Broken Spike Fasteners in Wood Tie Railroad Track
  • 190-FR4: In-Vehicle Highway Rail Grade Crossing Alert System
  • 190-FR5: Improved Condition Monitoring of Traction Motors
  • 190-FR6: Automated, Drone-Based Grade Crossing Inspection

Federal Transit Administration

  • 190-FT1: Cost Allocation Technology for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • 190-NH1: Automated Driving Systems (ADS) Test Data Interface

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

  • 190-PH1: Inline-Inspection (ILI) Tool for Detecting Coating Defects/Disbondment of Coating

How to Apply

  • Read the 2019 Solicitation for information about the 2019 topics and about proposal requirements.
  • Review the 19 Technical and Administrative Questions  
  • If you do not see the answer to your question(s), submit additional technical or administrative questions to the U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office at
  • All questions and answers will be posted as soon as they are received and answered by DOT SBIR program experts.
  • Submit a proposal through DOT SBIR secure site.

For complete instructions and guidelines on how to submit your proposal, please visit DOT’s SBIR program website. All technical and administrative questions pertaining to the 2019 SBIR Solicitation research topics must be submitted to the U.S. DOT SBIR Program Office via email at

Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2019
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