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Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC)

Update: March 30, 2016
The Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) accepted through April 29, 2016, submissions for funding for projects that advance innovation in transportation in Colorado.

We sought innovative proposal applications that were ready to implement. The funding request offset some of the costs. The total amount of available funding for the 2016 federal fiscal year (FY 2016) was $100,000.

We accepted proposals for a wide range of activities pertaining to innovation, including: 

  • providing training and other deployment efforts;
  • conducting internal assessments;
  • developing guidance, standards and specifications;
  • implementing system process changes;
  • organizing peer exchanges; and
  • sharing innovation technologies.

Proposals were required to be submitted by public sector organizations, such as city, county, tribal or state government organizations or federal agencies operating in Colorado. These proposals could include partners from non-public-sector organizations; however, proposals had to be submitted only by public sector organizations.


Update: October 7, 2015
CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt discussed the Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) during an Oct. 1, 2015 webinar sponsored by FHWA. See the webinar sildes, and access the recording.


Update: July 15, 2015
The Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) solicited proposals for a supplemental round of funding for projects that advance innovation in transportation in Colorado. Proposal submissions were due July 24, 2015. See additional information about proposals.

We sought innovative proposal applications that wereready to implement. The funding request offset some of the costs.

The supplemental amount available for federal fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) funding was $21,000.

Types of proposals could include a wide range of activities pertaining to innovation for transportation, including: providing training and other deployment efforts; conducting internal assessments; developing guidance, standards and specifications; implementing system process changes; organizing peer exchanges; and sharing innovation technologies.

Proposals had to be submitted by public sector organizations, such as city, county, tribal or state government organizations or federal agencies operating in Colorado. These proposals had to include partners from non-public-sector organizations; however, proposals had to be submitted only by public sector organizations.


Update: April 30, 2015

The due date for proposals for funding for projects that advance innovation in transportation in Colorado was extended to the close of business on Thursday, May 14. 2015. Other details about the Call for Proposals are noted below.


Update: March 24, 2015 
The Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) solicited proposals through May 4, 2015, for funding for projects that advance innovation in transportation in Colorado.

We sought tinnovative proposal applications that were ready to implement.  The funding request offset some of the costs. Total amount for this federal fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) funding was $100,000.

Types of proposals could include a wide range of activities pertaining to innovation, including: 

  • providing training and other deployment efforts;
  • conducting internal assessments;
  • developing guidance, standards and specifications;
  • implementing system process changes;
  • organizing peer exchanges; and
  • sharing innovation technologies.

Proposals had to be submitted by public sector organizations, such as city, county, tribal or state government organizations or federal agencies operating in Colorado. These proposals could include partners from non-public-sector organizations; however, proposals had to be submitted only by public sector organizations.


Update: Nov. 24, 2014
Gary Vansuch
Director of Process Improvement

The formation of State Transportation Innovation Councils, or "STICs," emerged from the "Every Day Counts" summits sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bringing together the key players in the area of highway transportation within a state is a great way to determine which innovations will work best for them. Colorado’s STIC was chartered in July 2014 through an effort co-sponsored by CDOT and the Colorado Division of FHWA.

The Vision of the Colorado STIC is to foster a collaborative culture for rapid implementation of innovations to efficiently deliver a modern, high quality transportation system within the state. STIC’s Mission is to facilitate the rapid implementation of technology, processes, procedures and techniques among transportation program delivery professionals at all levels of government, and throughout the private and non-profit sectors to ensure smart, efficient investment in Colorado’s transportation infrastructure.

The STIC Executive Steering Committee is co-chaired by the assistant division administrator of FHWA's Colorado Division and CDOT's chief engineer. CDOT's Office of Process Improvement serves as the secretariat for STIC.

Colorado STIC Incentive Program

Part of the responsibility of the Colorado STIC is to administer the Colorado STIC Incentive Program. The Incentive Program offers technical assistance and funds—up to a total of $100,000 per year for all projects—to support the costs of standardizing innovative practices within CDOT and/or other public sector STIC stakeholders.

Projects selected for the Incentive Program meet these criteria:

  • The project will have a statewide impact on making the innovation a standard practice.
  • The activities for which incentives are requested should be included in the STIC's implementation plan and align with FHWA’s Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) goals.
  • The activities funded through the TIDP should be eligible for Federal-aid assistance and adhere to CFR requirements.
  • The activities in the proposal should be started as soon as practical after notification of selection (preferably within 6 months, but no later than 1 year), and TIDP work must be completed within 2 years.

As noted above, Projects must advance TIDP goals, which include:

  • Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community.
  • Provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction.
  • Construct longer-lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges.
  • Improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability.
  • Develop and deploy new tools, techniques, and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation.

The next call for proposals for the Colorado STIC Incentive Program will be issued in early 2015.

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