What is the STIC Incentive Program?
The FHWA offers technical assistance and funds—up to $125,000 per STIC per year—to support the costs of standardizing innovative practices in a state transportation agency or other public sector STIC stakeholder.
NJDOT is the primary recipient of the STIC Incentive Grant. Other public sector STIC stakeholders such as MPOs, local governments or tribal governments are eligible to receive STIC Incentive funding as sub-recipients to the NJDOT.
Proposed STIC project ideas are prioritized by the NJ STIC for each federal fiscal year. Selected projects are then submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for approval. The request submittal does not guarantee funding nor award of funding.
FY24 Selection Criteria
The NJ STIC will consider projects and activities that advance the Every Day Counts (EDC) innovations that are being promoted by FHWA.
FY24 STIC Fund Eligible Projects/Activities
The requirements for eligibility of a project or activity are as follows:
- The project must have a statewide impact in fostering a culture for innovation or in making an innovation a standard practice.
- The project/activity for which STIC Incentive funding is requested must align with FHWA’s Technology Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) goals.
- The proposed project/activity must be started as soon as practical (preferably within 6 months of award, but no later than 1 year) after notification of approval for STIC Incentive funding and the funds must be expended within 2 years.
STIC Incentive funding may be used to conduct internal assessments; build capacity; develop guidance, standards, and specifications; implement system process changes; organize peer exchanges; offset implementation costs; or conduct other activities the STIC identifies to address TIDP goals and to foster a culture for innovation or to make an innovation a standard practice in New Jersey.
Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- develop standards and specifications;
- develop and deliver training to facilitate widespread use of an innovation;
- refine current specifications based on lessons learned from implementing an innovation;
- develop memoranda of agreement;
- prepare standard operating procedures or technical guidance for an innovation;
- prepare a report summarizing the lessons learned and economic analysis of an innovation;
- develop a decision matrix for use of an innovation;
- prepare an implementation plan for an innovation, including performance measures; or
- sponsor an innovation workshop/exchange sharing best practices.
For additional STIC guidance, please visit FHWA’s website.
How to Apply
The solicitation of STIC Incentive projects opens at the beginning of the Federal fiscal year (October 1st) and closes at the end of the Federal fiscal year (September 30th). All proposals should be submitted for review by March 30th. If grant funds are available, proposals may be considered after this date.
The proposals should include:
- Description of the proposed work
- End product/ result
- Amount of STIC Incentive funding requested
- Commitment of other funding
- Budget justification
- Project schedule
If you have questions about your project’s eligibility for the STIC Incentive Program, email: Bureau.Research@dot.nj.gov or call us at: (609) 963-2242.