MTTI membership is open to all faculty and staff supporting transportation research, education, activities, and outreach programs.


Internally, MTTI provides funding to members through research initiatives.

 Major initiatives are larger, often highly-collaborative activities that generate self-perpetuating resources in the form of long-term external project funding or other resources, and that may lead to stable programs or centers that provide for the common good of many MTTI members.  MTTI’s investment in initiatives should be used as a means to capture outside resources. Projects are funded on a three year basis for up to $60,000.

Minor Initiatives are exploratory projects which can be partially supported several ways through MTTI.  In all cases these projects result in a deliverable that produces a chance at a return on the investment that MTTI made.  Projects are funded at $10,000 for one year.

Administrative – Pre-Award Support

  • RFP Scouting
  • Communication with SPO/SPA
  • Budget preparation
  • Transmittal preparation
  • External sponsor forms preparation
  • Proposal writing/editing
  • Printing, copying, shipping
  • Communications with sponsor
  • Communication with subcontractors/collaborators
  • Development of subcontractor budgets
  • Obtain necessary documentation from subcontractors/collaborators
  • Letters of support from external sources


  • Member sponsored travel
  • External speaker travel support for hosting visiting speakers/guests

Letters of Support

  • Internal letters
  • Conference, workshop letters
  • Proposal letters

PRIME Robotics


  • Travel funding
  • Letters of support
  • Financial funding for pre-college outreach programs
  • MTTI summer internship program (coming in 2018)

Research Funding

  • Major initiatives
  • Minor (seed funding) initiatives
  • Cost share support

Other Funding

  • Proposal writing support
  • Facilities upgrades
  • Stop gap funding for programs, when necessary


In January 2017, The MTTI Executive Committee requested input from our members on better aligning MTTI support and services with the priorities of our members.  The  survey focused on of six areas of support offered by MTTI, asking respondents to rank the areas of importance to their needs.  Results are listed in link below.

Membership Survey Data