Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET)

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Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET): The Advanced Research Projects Agency ? Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy, is chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358), to support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries.

Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E?s two Mission Areas:

1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in:
a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources;
b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and
c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors.
2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

The Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET) program seeks solutions that minimize energy consumption in America?s surface transportation network through the use of network control mechanisms that operate through personalized signals directed at individual travelers.

In 2013, the United States used more than 25% of its energy supply for the purpose of moving people and goods from one place to another, i.e., in the transportation sector. Even modest improvements that reduce transportation energy consumption can reduce energy imports and greenhouse gas emissions, two of ARPA-E?s primary goals. To date, technologies directed at transportation have focused primarily on the diversification of energy supplies (e.g., the production of alternative liquid fuels and electrification) or on improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency (e.g., combustion efficiency, weight reduction, and aerodynamic design). The TRANSNET program takes an alternative, complementary approach through the development of technologies that target both the factors that drive energy consumption and the overall energy efficiency of personal transportation, without changing the mechanical efficiency of each mode (car, bus, train, etc.) within the network.

The time is ripe for this new approach. Today, personal transportation is entering a period of rapid change, enabled by the introduction of new technologies. Such technologies apply not only to the vehicles themselves (e.g., autonomous/semiautonomous vehicles, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)/vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, and electric/natural gas fueled vehicles), but also to a number of approaches that enable transportation information to be collected and disseminated by wireless communication and the Internet (e.g., Waze, Uber, Zipcar, and Lyft, as well as social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.). How can these innovative technologies be used to reduce energy use in transportation networks? The answer is not completely clear. But ARPA-E envisions significant opportunities for new and emerging technologies, with deliberate and thoughtful development, to create a framework for a practical system with real-time response to make energy efficiency an integral part of
the optimized transportation network of the future.

ARPA-E believes that the transportation network can be made more efficient, without substantial investment in new infrastructure, improvements in modal efficiency, or perceptible reduction in either the quality-of-service or the reliability of the system. While the size of the impact is difficult to quantify precisely, given the human element, significant energy is wasted in personal transportation: Occupancy is only 40% of nominal capacity for passenger vehicles, driving styles contribute to a 45% reduction in the on-road fuel economy (per driver), and congestion (which is related to non-optimal route choice) increases the energy used in transportation up to 33%, even before soft factors such as lost productivity and lower quality of life are accounted for.

Applicants are challenged to develop mechanisms for individual travelers that both signal and guide them toward improvement of the energy efficiency of the transportation network in multimodal urban areas. Because a purely experimental, complete analysis of the transportation network would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming, ARPA-E seeks the development of simulated network control models of energy use in personal transportation, based on real-world data, that incorporate personalized signaling and guiding mechanisms. A suitable model will need not only to describe the current state of the personal transportation network but also to predict the impact of changes to the network, both from travelers? choices, such as mode and departure time, and from network changes, such as those that result from incidents and lane closures. The model must also be robust with respect to inaccuracies that stem from incomplete and noisy sensor data. Optimization will require development of
a high fidelity system model that allows guidance and control hypotheses to be tested, refined, or discarded in full view of this uncertainty. These hypotheses will be embodied through simulation to achieve ARPA-E?s core objective, a control architecture that enables the practical network control through personalized guidance. The design of this control architecture defines the central challenge of the TRANSNET program.

To obtain a copy of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) please go to the ARPA-E website at ARPA-E will not review or consider concept papers submitted through other means. For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the ARPA-E eXCHANGE User Guide (
Federal Grant Title: Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET)
Federal Agency Name: Headquarters
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001199
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 81.135
CFDA Descriptions: Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
Current Application Deadline: Dec 22, 2014 Applicants are strongly encouraged t
Original Application Deadline: Dec 22, 2014 Applicants are strongly encouraged t
Posted Date: November 10th, 2014
Creation Date: Nov 10, 2014
Archive Date: Jul 14, 2015
Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $5,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $250,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
Additional Information on Eligibility
Please see Section III.A of FOA DE-FOA-0001199 for more information on the following eligbility information: 1. Individuals 2. Domestic Entities 3. Foreign Entities and 4. Consortium Entities
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Renee E. Sperling

Headquarters 202-287-1776
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