Transportation Workforce Strategic Initiative -- Deadline Extended

Funding Agency:
Department of Transportation

The purpose of this proposed Agreement is to better define transportation career pathways in the five key disciplines of planning, environment, engineering, safety, and operations. Career pathways are generally considered as an integrated collection of programs and services intended to develop individuals’ core academic, technical, and employability skills, and provide them with continuous education and training that allow them to be placed and develop in high-demand, high-opportunity careers.

Career pathways are comprised of a series of defined educational, and training and development programs and activities including curriculum, education, training, and supplementary efforts, e.g. experiential learning that enable individuals to advance to successively higher levels of education and employment in a given industry or occupational sector. The curriculum, education, training, and supporting activities/experiential learning are designed to prepare individuals to progress to the next level of education toward employment, to employment, or to increasingly higher levels of employment within and industry or occupational sector.

Generally career pathways begin with an understanding of occupations and careers that would occur as early as grade school or middle school. For this project the focus will be higher level transportation career pathways at the technical and trade school, community college, university levels. Experiential/supplemental education activities would include programs such as internships, cooperative education programs, details, rotational assignments, and other engagement/enrichment activities that, in connection with curriculum and training, will better prepare individuals for transportation occupations and careers.

This project will focus on defining career pathways in the major disciplines of planning, environment, engineering, safety, and operations and key occupations within each of those disciplines including, but not limited to transportation facility design, construction, and maintenance.

Deadline: July 12, 2016 (was Jul. 5, 2016)

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This competition is open to the following: the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, any Federal laboratory, Federal agency, State agency, authority, association, institution, for-profit or nonprofit corporation, organization, foreign country, or any other person.



Amount Description

The FHWA anticipates making 1 award as a result of this Notice of Funding Opportunity. The FHWA anticipates Federal funding up to a total amount of $1,000,000 may be made available for this Agreement subject to the availability of funds.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 12, 2016