• EDC-7 Call for Ideas

    ​FHWA is now actively soliciting ideas for proven, market-ready, and transformative innovations to promote in the next round of EDC.  We want to collaborate with you to build on the success of Every Day Counts to broaden the focus beyond project delivery to include innovative but underutilized practices or technologies that enhance roadway safety for all users, support sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and/or address equity as part of project planning and delivery.  FHWA's “innovations of interest" were chosen with the idea that every day counts – and when it comes to safety so does every road user, when it comes to sustainability so does every ton of greenhouse gas emitted, and when it comes to equity so does every community.  We look forward to your feedback on those innovations of interest but also challenge you, our EDC partners, to send us even more potentially transformative innovations that could make our transportation system more resilient, sustainable, equitable and safe for all. 


    The door is now open through April 11, 2022 for you to send us proven, market-ready, transformative innovations that could be part of the next round of EDC.   The EDC Call for Ideas website provides instructions for submitting ideas and provides an opportunity to comment on the innovations of interest.  

  • Call for Projects: STIC Incentive Projects for FY2022

    NCDOT is actively exploring innovative projects that may be strong candidates for the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive Program.  The STIC Incentive Program is creating a culture of innovation in the transportation community by leading deployment of new technologies and practices in states. The STIC Incentive Program  provides technical assistance and up to $100,000 in total funds per state to offset the costs of standardizing innovative practices.  The program supports funding activities such as conducting internal assessments, in initiating capacity building, developing guidance, drafting standards and specifications, organizing peer exchanges, implementing s system process changes, etc. 


    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), Rural Planning Organizations (RPO), and industry members.


    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:

    • Develop standards and specifications.
    • Develop and deliver training on and an evaluation plan for the innovation.
    • Refine current specifications based on lessons learned from implementing the innovation.
    • Prepare standard operating procedures or technical guidance for the innovation.
    • Prepare a report summarizing the lessons learned and economic analysis of the innovation.
    • Develop a decision matrix for the innovation.
    • Prepare an integration plan, including performance measures.

    ​We are seeking your assistance in identifying potential projects that meet the eligibility criteria for the STIC  Program.  Please review the following considerations and submit potential candidate projects by COB March 24 that meet some or all of these conditions via the following application:  2022 STIC Application.


    If you have any questions, please email them to  kfairey@hntb.com or Edward.parker@dot.gov.  

  • About the NC-TIC

    NC-TIC was established in 2011 as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s initiative to promote innovation at a state level within  Departments of Transportation.

    In 2019, NC-TIC was prioritized to accelerate and scale innovation within NCDOT and the state’s surrounding transportation ecosystem. NC-TIC provides a platform for innovation, programming, and guidance on policies and best practices to ensure efficient investment, development, and management of North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure.

    Today, NC-TIC serves as the epicenter of innovation for NCDOT; it cultivates a clear and universal understanding of what innovation means across departmental lines and establishes defined processes and practices that help implement it.NC-TIC’s activities are focused on three primary areas – internal innovation, academic partnerships, and industry partnerships – and supported by stakeholders and committees.

    A join effort between NCDOT and and FHWA’s NC Division Office, the NC-TIC includes members from the following agencies and organizations beyound NCDOT and FHWA:
    • NC Local Technical Assistance Program
    • Local Public Agencies  (American Public Works Association)
    • MPOs (NC Association of Metrolina Planning Organizations)
    • RPOs (NC Association of Rural Planning Organizations)
    • Contractors (American Concrete Pavement Association, Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association, and Carolinas Associated General Contractors)
    • Consultants (American Council of Engineering Companies)

    ​FHWA has established several incentive programs, which include Accelerating Innovation Deployment Demonstration, STIC Incentive, and Increased Federal-share for Project Level Innovation, to encourage the consideration and deployment of technology and innovation.  Through multi-discipline collaboration, the NC-TIC leads the consideration and approval of proposals for technical assistance and/or funding from such programs. ​

  • Every Day Counts

    ​Every Day Counts (EDC) is a State-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and integrate automation. Proven innovations promoted through EDC facilitate greater efficiency at the State and local levels, saving time, money and resources that can be used to deliver more projects. ​​

    View Information on the EDC Projects​

  • STIC Incentive Program


    The STIC Incentive Program​ provides technical assistance and up to $100,000 in total funds per state to offset the costs of standardizing innovative practices.  The program supports funding activities such as conducting internal assessments, in​itiating capacity building, developing guidance, drafting standards and specifications, organizing peer exchanges, implementing s​​ystem process changes, etc.  At the local level, the NC-TIC determines which projects/activities to fund.​

    View information on the STIC Incentive Projects

  • AID Demonstration Program


    The AID Demonstration Progr​am provides up to a maximum of $1,000,000 to cover the full cost of innovation in a project.   Eligible capital projects can be infrastructure, non-infrastructure strategies, and other activities, which incorporate proven innovative practices, or technologies intended to be adopted as a significant improvement from conventional practice.​

    View information on the AID Demonstration Projects

National STIC Network Homepage
EDC - Every Day Counts
AID Demonstration Grant Program
STIC Guidance


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