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U.S. DOT FY 2022 Phase I Pre-Solicitation Q&A


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This U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Pre-solicitation Q&A Forum provides small businesses an opportunity to submit clarifying questions on the topics published in the U.S. DOT Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Phase I Pre-Solicitation. Questions will be answered by the Technical Experts/Topic Authors at the U.S. DOT Operating Administrations during this period. Questions shall be limited to improving the understanding of a particular topic's requirements and should not share proposal ideas nor proprietary information.
 
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11 results found

  1. Food Transport to the Desert

    Are there any transit cost guidelines for connecting individuals and families to non-desert areas? Can we prose multiple methods of transit (not just public transit) to examine solutions?

    3 votes

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  2. Public and Private Partnerships

    The solicitation specifically instructs solutions to use public transportation. Can we also seek solutions using private transportation providers, such as food delivery services?

    3 votes

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  3. Food Desert Solution Criteria

    Can you describe what qualifies as progress during phase 2 of the pilot. Is it a level 1 success when X amount of people reach the non-desert (Healthy Food Available) area from a population of Y? Once in the non-desert what level of healthy food purchase indicates progress, or is that a relative level to the person we should be measuring?

    2 votes

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  4. Bringing Food to Consumers

    The topic description seems to lean toward getting consumer to food sources. Is there also interest in providing solutions that bring food to the consumers?

    2 votes

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  5. Food Desert Public Transportation Options

    Can we propose in the solution(s), changes in the existing methods, routes, and equipment for public transportation as part of the technology and operational approach to addressing it?

    2 votes

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  6. Will there be a difference between a capacity building phase and a full implementation phase?

    Will there be a difference between a capacity building phase and a full implementation phase? Are you all looking for research projects that simply identity the capability to implement the proposed project or are you looking for evidence that they project can me implemented (ready to go on day one of implementation)?

    1 vote

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  7. Distribution of Healthy Food

    Are all options open to research more than one method for connecting people to healthy food? Inclusive of creative ways to approach using smart supply chain methods and new outlets?

    2 votes

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  8. Food Desert - Affordability of Healthy Food

    Is there a specific target range of what constitutes affordable healthy food for the current definition of low-income areas in food deserts? Given that each geographic area has different median incomes and a percentage of income targeted on food would be a factor.

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  9. Food Desert Availability

    What is the minimum availability (time windows and frequency) of transit to and from Desert areas to non-Desert areas that need to be supported by the solution and at what cost range to the person making the journey? Is it expected to be the same as any other public transit? Subsidized?

    1 vote

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  10. Define a non-Desert for food

    Can you provide minimum examples of when a person in transit has left the desert and is now in close proximity to a sufficient source. e.g. Does a weekend Farmers Market qualify? Are we only to consider major Super Markets?

    1 vote

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  11. Software and informational resources only, or can this include hardware?

    Does this topic seek to pilot only software and informational resources, or can the “technological solutions” also include the implementation of hardware in order to, for example, provide a first-mile/last-mile connection to public transit, or to access grocery stores directly?

    An app or software tool can be useful for those within the service area of public transit, but if there is a first-mile/last-mile problem, or no existing transportation option to get them to the grocery store, software tools alone cannot help them.

    1 vote

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