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NCST at UC Riverside

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UC Riverside is proud to be part of the US Department of Transportation’s National Center for Sustainable Transportation. Together with our other university partners, we are committed to conducting cutting-edge research and applying the research to the advancement of sustainable transportation. We also offer educational, policy and leadership opportunities to bring the results of this work into the real world. Our NCST partnership consists of the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis, lead university), UC Riverside, the University of Southern California (in collaboration with California State University, Long Beach), Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Vermont. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation with match funding from various sources. Click here to learn more.

NCST Research Themes
  • Environmentally Responsible Infrastructure and Operations

  • Multi-Modal Travel and Sustainable Land Use

  • Zero-Emission Vehicle and Fuel Technologies

  • Institutional Change

 
Contact Information
Dr. Matthew Barth, NCST Associate Director
matthew.barth@ucr.edu

NCST Opportunities
  • 2024-2025: NCST Fellowship Award (NOW OPEN!)

    2024-2025: NCST Fellowship Award

    NCST is a National University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation and other cost-sharing partners. This center is made up of UC Davis, UC Riverside, University of Southern California, Cal State Long Beach, Georgia Tech, and the University of Vermont.

    This Graduate Fellowship opportunity is being offered at UC Riverside to encourage and aid graduate students conducting research in transportation at UCR, particularly research that focuses on sustainable transportation. Fellowships will be awarded for the next academic year to full-time Ph.D. students, each up to $35,000 + cost of education to offset University of California, Riverside academic expenses.

    Eligibility:

    1. be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident pursuing (or planning to pursue) a career in sustainable transportation with a focus on ground transport;
    2. be a full-time doctoral student at the University of California, Riverside;
    3. have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5

    Conditions of the Graduate Fellowship Award: 

    If selected and choose to accept this award, Fellowship recipient must meet these conditions during the Fellowship year:

    1. Be registered as a full-time student in a UCR doctoral program.
    2. Be either a (1) a U.S. citizen, or (2) permanent resident of the U.S.
    3. Be working toward a Ph.D. dissertation on a topic related to sustainable transportation.
    4. Submit a one-page memorandum to the NCST Associate Director at UCR that summarizes your research and academic accomplishments during the Fellowship year.
    5. Produce a paper or report (such as a peer-reviewed publication, GSR Research project, a capstone thesis, professional report or a dissertation) on a transportation or transportation-related subject that is reviewed and approved beforehand by your faculty advisor and NCST UCR Associate Director, Matthew Barth. 
    6. Participate in any NCST-related student conference.
    7. Understand that the final award of this Fellowship is contingent on the disbursement of fellowship support funds by US Department of Transportation, Caltrans and the University of California, Riverside.

    To Apply:

     NCST Fellowship Application Form 

    NCST Fellowship Information Sheet

    Submit the completed NCST Fellowship Application Form and any additional pages by email to CE-CERT Training at certtraining@cert.ucr.edu by June 18th, 2024. All submissions must be in PDF format, and email subject line should read NCST Fellowship Award Application.

    Contact CE-CERT Training <certtraining@cert.ucr.edu> with any questions.

  • 2022-2023: NCST Graduate Dissertation Award (Closed)

    2022-2023: NCST Graduate Dissertation Award

    Application Period Now Closed.

    CE-CERT is pleased to announce an open call for the 2022-2023 NCST Graduate Dissertation Award.  This graduate award opportunity is being offered at UC Riverside to encourage and aid graduate students conducting research in transportation at UCR, particularly research that focuses on sustainable transportation. Graduate students are eligible for this award:

    • National Center for Sustainable Transportation Graduate Dissertation Award

    The Center anticipates the award amount will be between $15,000 and $20,000. 

    Eligibility:

    Grants are limited to doctoral candidates that: (i) are enrolled at UC Riverside; (ii) have advanced to candidacy, and (iii) have a dissertation topic that advances the center’s strategic goal of sustainable transportation. This center is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary for Research and Technology under the University Transportation Center (UTC) program. (http://ncst.ucdavis.edu/about/)

    Applicants must have advanced to candidacy on or before January 1 of the year of application. Applicants are further expected to have approximately 1 year of research work still remaining, such that the dissertations can be completed and filed within a time window that roughly extends from June 2022 to the following September 2023.

    Conditions of the Dissertation Award:

    The recipients will receive the award via employment as a Graduate Student Researcher, coordinating with their advisor. Funds must be fully expended within 1 year of the award. If you are selected and choose to accept this award, you must meet these conditions:

    1. Be registered as a full-time UC Riverside student.

    2. Complete a Ph.D. dissertation on a topic related to transportation.

    3. Submit a one-page concise memorandum to the NCST Associate Director at UCR that summarizes your research and academic accomplishments related to your dissertation. Please email report to Maxine Manglicmot at mmanglicmot@cert.ucr.edu.

    4. Produce a paper or report (such as a peer-reviewed publication, GSR Research project, professional report or a dissertation) on a transportation or transportation-related subject that is reviewed and approved beforehand by your faculty advisor and NCST UCR Associate Director, Matthew Barth, barth@ece.ucr.edu.

    5. Understand that the final award of this fellowship is contingent on the disbursement of fellowship support funds by US Department of Transportation, Caltrans and the University of California, Riverside.

     

    Documents:

    Cover Sheet

    More Information

    Application Timeline:
    • Friday, April 22, 2022: Application period opens.

    • Friday, May 13, 2022 (11:59pm PST): Application period closes.

    • May 31, 2022, Announcement of awardees. 

     

    Application Period Now Closed.

  • 2020-2021: Call for Proposals (Closed)

    2020-2021 Call for Proposals

    Application Period Now Closed.

    The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), part of the University Transportation Centers program of the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites proposals from UC Riverside faculty for research. Funding available under this CFP is approximately $160,000 for UC Riverside NCST projects. Projects funded under this CFP are anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2021. 

    NCST will be accepting proposals:

    • CFP Issued: October 27, 2020

    • Cover Page and Abstract due: Monday, November 16, 2020 5:00 PM

    • Projects chosen for further considerations announced: November 19-20, 2020

    • Proposals Due: Monday, December 7, 2020 5:00 PM

    Call for Proposal Documents:

    Three types of proposals will be considered: 

    • White paper proposals to synthesize existing evidence and identify research gaps for critical policy questions, for a maximum of $25,000 (direct costs).

    • Seed grant proposals for new ideas that are not well developed but address an important topic with potentially large impact, for a maximum of $25,000 (direct costs).

    • Project proposals by one or two faculty for a particular project, for $60,000 to $80,000 (direct costs) each for one year.

    The goal of the NCST is to produce research that directly supports the efforts of policy makers and professionals to improve the sustainability of the transportation system. Proposals must fall within one or more of the following areas:

    • Environmentally responsible infrastructure and operations;

    • Multi-modal travel and sustainable land use;

    • Zero-emission vehicle and fuel technologies;

    • Institutional change;

    • Or other sustainability topics.

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