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State-Based Innovation Deployment - The STIC Network helps to establish a group of representatives from various levels of the highway community in each State to comprehensively and strategically consider all sources of innovation. Learn about STIC.

Technology and Innovation Deployment Program
Accelerated Innovation Deployment
State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive Program Guidance


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive program provides resources to help STICs make innovations standard practice in their States. Under the program, technical assistance and limited funds are available to support or offset the costs of standardizing innovative practices in a State transportation agency (STA) or other public sector STIC stakeholder. The funding opportunity is $100,000 per State per year.


The STIC is the leadership platform in every State to identify critical needs, find best solutions and to get them into practice quickly. Their role is to help facilitate the deployment of innovations and engage the various stakeholders within the State. The STIC is an organizational unit comprised of people from key areas within the State's borders and its transportation community. In addition to State and Federal transportation executives, the STIC includes technical decision-makers, local agencies, regulatory agencies, Local Technical Assistance and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and industry members.

Program Background

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) calls for a Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) that includes three initiatives: accelerated innovation deployment (AID), future strategic highway research program (SHRP 2), and accelerated implementation and deployment of pavement technologies.

The TIDP relates to all aspects of highway transportation, including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, construction, and the time between project planning and delivery. It provides technical assistance and training to researchers, developers, and deployers and develops improved tools and methods to accelerate the adoption of proven innovative practices and technologies as standard practices.

Per Section 52003 of MAP-21and 503(c) of 23 U.S.C., the TIDP goals are the following:

The AID program provides funding and other resources to offset the risk of trying an innovation. Coupled with Section 1304 of MAP-21, AID offers States incentives such as funding and an increased Federal share for projects using innovations.

The AID program is designed to fulfill the following requirements:

This program guidance focuses on the AID program's STIC Incentive, which is administered through the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI).

Statutory References

Sections 51001(a)(2) and 52003 of MAP-21 and Section 503(c) of title 23 U.S.C.


Up to $5.3 million per fiscal year is available for the STIC Incentive element. Incentives will be for the Federal share of 80 percent, limited to $100,000 per State each year. The non-Federal match may come from project sponsors or other allowable fund sources.

Entities Eligible for Funding

The STA will be the primary recipient of the funds because the money will be obligated via the Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS).  MPOs, local governments, and tribal governments may be recipients through States as sub-recipients. Sub-recipients should also demonstrate how they will meet the requirements of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18, including financial management standards and audits.

Eligibility Requirements

Activities Eligible for Funding

STIC Incentive 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 make an innovation that meets TIDP goals a standard practice in the STA or other public sector STIC stakeholder.

Examples of allowable costs include, but are not limited to, the following:

Examples of non-allowable costs include the following:

The Process

STIC Responsibilities

STA Responsibilities

FHWA Division Office Responsibilities

FHWA CAI Responsibilities

FHWA CAI Contact

Mary Huie
FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE (E84-430)
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 202-366-3039
E-mail: mary.huie@dot.gov

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