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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FY2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation 3/14/19

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.

Join us for this meeting to hear first hand the requirements and details of the solicitation. Read more below. Register Now

This meeting is Complimentary for Supplier members. For Business members, the fee is $15. For Individual and Advocate members and non-members the fee is $35.

Date & Time
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Eastern Standard Time

Web Conference

Guest Presenters: 

Rachael Barolsky Sack
 is the chief of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Innovative Research Program Office, and serves as the director of the U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Sack’s work focuses on innovative approaches to program design and communication strategies for sharing information on emerging technologies, best practices, and related policies.

Since joining the Volpe Center in 2002, her work has supported a variety of transportation areas including environmental streamlining for highway projects, climate change and land use impacts on transportation, railroad safety initiatives, and most recently the research demonstration program Forces to Flyers, a program designed to support military veterans’ training to become commercial airline pilots. Sack also facilitates interagency working groups and issue-specific meetings with the goals of sharing information across agencies, reaching consensus on key issues, and agreeing to action-oriented solutions.
Sack has served as Federal Women’s Program manager for the Volpe Center and is past president of the Women’s Transportation Seminar-Boston Chapter. In 2009, Sack received the FHWA Administrator’s Team Award for her work on the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Pilot Program and the FRA Administrator’s Team Award for her work on the development of FRA’s new Risk Reduction Program. In 2011, she received Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s EEO/Affirmative Action Award for her contributions to support women in transportation. She holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis, and a bachelor of arts degree in energy and environmental policy, both from Boston University.

Tammy Taylor
 is a contracting officer (CO) in the Innovative Research Program Office of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has served as a CO of U.S. DOT’s SBIR Program since June 2016. In addition to her work on SBIR, Taylor has served as the Volpe Center’s Disability Employment Program Manager for a three-year term June 2015-2018. Taylor also acts in an independent role as the president of the Recreational Association of Volpe Employees. She has extensive government acquisition and leadership experience.

Prior to joining Volpe, Taylor worked as a team lead CO managing the work of up to nine contract specialists at the Department of Defense’s Hanscom Air Force Base. Before that, she spent almost 20 years at the Army’s Soldier Systems Center. While the majority of these years were in the contracting field, she also did work in the logistics and administrative operation fields. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of science in management, both from Emmanuel College.

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 Solicitationfor 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

Registration and Fees

This meeting is Complimentary for Supplier members. For Business members, the fee is $15. For Individual and Advocate members and non-members the fee is $35.

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