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Junior Faculty Research Challenge -- Call for Proposals  


The Leonard Transportation Center Junior Faculty Fellowship program recognizes and supports junior faculty to conduct transportation-related research in the inland empire. The one-year fellowship includes a stipend up to $10,000. The fellowship supports junior faculty as they test new research ideas, pursue unique collaborations and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving the transportation systems in our local community. Multidisciplinary research and faculty-student collaboration are encouraged, preference will be given to proposals in the following areas:

  1. Understanding the challenges and finding possible solutions for enhanced transportation mobility in suburban, inland ports
  2. Emerging applications in the transportation systems and transportation cybersecurity


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  • Send out first faculty fellows call - October 30, 2020
  • Send out second call - December 15, 2020
  • Applications are due - February 22, 2021
  • Award decision will be announced - April 5, 2021


2021-22 Student Research Challenge


The Inland Empire Student Research Challenge will find creative solutions to difficult questions surrounding the IE transportation system. Research will be conducted by multi-disciplinary teams of students from the three major public universities in the region.

Specific Research Program Outputs:

1. To find innovative solutions to problems and questions surrounding the IE transportation system. Each project will address some or all of the following:

  • mobility;
  • climate change/pollution reduction/community adaptation;
  • new industries/entrepreneurship based in transportation technologies;
  • smart city technologies;
  • international and domestic impacts/forces on the system to understand; and
  • transportation cybersecurity in the public sector.

2. To get regional students (undergraduate and graduate) from CSUSB, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside to think innovatively, learn research techniques, and find solutions to the tough transportation related questions facing the region.

3. To link the three major public university (CSUSB, CalPoly, and UCR) transportation related programs.


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Topic set after consultation with LTC Advisory Council and faculty leads -- November 15, 2020

Student application deadline -  April 1, 2021

Students selected - May 1, 2021

Project begins - June 1, 2021