Snell Chair for Sustainable Transportation

The CSD administers the Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation on behalf of the School of Architecture to funds cutting-edge transportation research. Snell grants to faculty provide seed funding or matching funds for multidisciplinary and collaborative research endeavors. Research projects that receive preferential consideration for Snell funds support student researchers, leverage matching funds from other studies, and culimate with scholarly publications.

Current Snell recipients are listed here.
All former projects are listed here

2017 Call for Proposals—Snell Endowment for Transportation Research

Deadline: Monday, April 24, Noon

Submit proposals by email to

This year, up to five projects at a maximum of $25,000 each will be funded. A committee of five School of Architecture faculty and staff members will review proposals.

Project requirements:

  • Projects must be transportation focused.

  • Projects must be completed by end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year (8/31/18).

  • Proposals must indicate a plan that sustains research and funding beyond the proposed project period.

  • Projects that include support for student(s) as research assistants will receive primary consideration.

  • Grant applicants who have received a Snell Grant within the previous two years must also explain the impact of that previous grant on their scholarly work (articles published and/or conferences attended), and review any additional funding that has been awarded to build on the Snell grant. 

  • The proposal must be no more than two pages in length.

The proposal must include:                      

  • A three-sentence abstract

    • One sentence stating the research question (What is the topic or issue investigated?)

    • One sentence stating the approach to answer the research question (What kind or kinds of research methods will be used?)

    • One sentence stating the potential research impact (Why does the answer matter?)

  • Statement of problem (background) and purpose of the study

  • Specific research question(s)

  • Scope of investigation

  • Concise summary of research method(s)

  • Expected products/outcomes

  • Statement on how this project contributes to your larger research/creative practice/teaching agenda, including any plans to pursue matching financial/in-kind support and/or subsequent funding.

  • Project timeline

  • A budget in the Snell format (download here)

Projects Funded by the Snell Endowment

Current Snell Recipients

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Sandra Rosenbloom

Research Professor

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Gian Claudia Sciara

Assistant Professor

Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation

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Nichole Wiedemann

Associate Professor

The Paul Philippe Cret Centennial Teaching Fellow in Architecture

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Ming Zhang


Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation

 2016–17  Snell Recipients:

  • Journal of the American Planning Association, Sandi Rosenbloom
  • Explore commodality strategies in Triangle Megaregion, Ming Zhang
  • El Camino Real de Los Tejas, Nichole Wiedemann
  • Peace Cities, Robert Young

2015–16 Snell Recipients:

  • Journal of the American Planning Association, Sandi Rosenbloom
  • Ecologically Augmenting Car Parks, Danelle Briscoe
  • Walking in Place, Sarah Gamble
  • Understanding Checkouts in Bike Sharing Systems – Case Studies in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Junfeng Jiao
  • Trends of Mega-Commuting in Megaregions, Ming Zhang

2014–2015 Snell Recipients

2013–2014 Snell Recipients

2012–2013 Snell Recipients

2011–2012 Snell Recipients

2010–2011 Snell Recipients

2017 - 2018 Application Materials

Proposals due April 24