Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive Program (STIC)

Program Overview

The mission of the Colorado State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) is to facilitate the rapid implementation of technology, processes, procedures and techniques among transportation professionals to ensure smart and efficient investment in Colorado's transportation infrastructure. The Incentive Program provides resources to help STICs foster a culture for innovation and to make innovations standard practice. Through the program, funding up to $100,000 per Federal fiscal year is made available to Colorado to support or offset the costs of standardizing innovative practices.

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STIC Applications Announced, April 2022

Note: the 2023 STIC Application process is open. CDOT and FHWA are soliciting proposals for the STIC Incentive Program. Funding is for projects that advance innovation in transportation in Colorado. Proposal submissions are due May 5, 2023. Please email completed applications to [email protected] 

We are seeking innovative proposal applications that are ready to implement. The available funding for winning applicants is intended to offset some of the costs, not fund entire projects. All projects require at least 20% of the total project to be funded with a local match of nonfederal funding.

This year’s funding pool is $100,000. Applications for projects that address safety, greenhouse gas (GHG ) emissions, and/or fit in the following categories of Every Day Counts 7 (EDC-7) innovations (2023-2024) are encouraged: (See also: FHWA's EDC-7 info).  

  • Nighttime Visibility for Safety
  • Next Generation TIM: Technology for Saving Lives
  • Integrating GHG Assessment and Reduction Targets in Transportation Planning
  • Enhancing Performance with Internally Cured Concrete (EPIC2)
  • EPDs for Sustainable Project Delivery
  • Rethinking DBE for Design-Build
  • Strategic Workforce Development

STIC Incentive funds may be used to implement process changes; develop guidance, standards, and specifications; organize peer exchanges; offset implementation costs; or other activities that address Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) goals. Applicants must be public sector organizations such as city, county, tribal, state government organization, or federal agency operating in Colorado. More STIC Incentive program guidance is available here:

For active STIC projects, the status report template and close out report template are available at the ARIB Form Library.

Please contact Bryan Roeder if you have any questions. 

About the STIC

The formation of State Transportation Innovation Councils, or STICs, emerged from the "Every Day Counts" summits sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bringing together the key players in the area of highway transportation within a state is a great way to determine which innovations will work best for them. Colorado's STIC was chartered in July 2014 through an effort co-sponsored by CDOT and the Colorado Division of FHWA.

The vision of the Colorado STIC is to foster a collaborative culture for rapid implementation of innovations to efficiently deliver a modern, high-quality transportation system within the state. STIC's mission is to facilitate the rapid implementation of technology, processes, procedures and techniques among transportation program delivery professionals at all levels of government, and throughout the private and non-profit sectors to ensure smart, efficient investment in Colorado's transportation infrastructure.

The STIC Executive Steering Committee is co-chaired by the assistant division administrator of FHWA's Colorado Division and CDOT's chief engineer. CDOT's Office of Process Improvement served as the secretariat for STIC from 2014-2016. CDOT's Applied Research and Innovation Branch now serves in that role.

Colorado STIC Incentive Program

See all of Colorado's past STIC projects here.

Part of the responsibility of the Colorado STIC is to administer the Colorado STIC Incentive Program. This program offers technical assistance and funds—up to a total of $100,000 per year for all projects—to support the costs of standardizing innovative practices within CDOT and/or other public sector STIC stakeholders.

Projects selected for the Incentive Program meet these criteria:

  • The project will have a statewide impact on making the innovation a standard practice.
  • The activities for which incentives are requested should be included in the STIC's implementation plan, and align with FHWA's Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) goals.
  • The activities funded through the TIDP should be eligible for federal-aid assistance and adhere to CFR requirements.
  • The activities in the proposal should be started as soon as practical after notification of selection (preferably within six months, but no later than one year), and TIDP work must be completed within two years.

As noted above, projects must advance TIDP goals, which include:

  • Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community.
  • Provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction.
  • Construct longer-lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges.
  • Improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection and sustainability.
  • Develop and deploy new tools, techniques and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation.