• 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
2023 STIC Proposal Poster


 ‭(Hidden)‬ STIC Final Reports

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