To be internationally recognized centers of excellence, fully integrated within institutions of higher learning, that serve as a vital source of leaders who are prepared to meet the Nation’s need for safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.
To advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence.
The outcomes desired from DOT’s investment in the UTC Program are:
Each UTC is required to develop a strategic plan at the beginning of the grant period, typically spanning 4 to 6 years. The strategic plan outlines the vision, theme, and activities that the UTC will undertake along with an estimated budget. It is the means by which a Center conveys the essence of what it seeks to accomplish with the funds made available under its grant.
Each university is required to implement a three-part program consisting of research, education, and technology transfer with the same performance indicators for all universities. Each UTC reports annually on its performance using the performance indicators described in Appendix 1.
The UTC Program is funded from two provisions in SAFETEA-LU: Title V and Title III. Fifty-two universities are authorized through Title V and eight from Title III. Due to statutory budget adjustments, the actual awards are below the authorized levels for Title V Centers for the duration of SAFETEA-LU (table 1). Funding for Title III Centers was minimally reduced in FY 2006; actual funding amounts in FY 2007 and 2008 are as authorized (table 2).