Snell Chair for Sustainable Transportation

The CSD administers, on behalf of the School of Architecture, the Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation. This endowment has been an important resource to the University of Texas at Austin and the School of Architecture, and fund support cutting-edge transportation-oriented research, giving preference to research projects and correlating outreach/educational efforts that support student researchers, leverage matching funds from other sources, and culminate in scholarly publications. 

"Snell Grants" to School of Architecture faculty are used to provide either matching funds or seed grants to research projects that are multidisciplinary in nature and collaborative with other UT Austin research units or other academic units in the United States and abroad. Below are examples of the high caliber work produced with Snell funding in years past.

Call for Proposals Deadline: Monday, April 25th, Noon

The Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation, currently held by the
School of Architecture Dean, is an ongoing resource that supports transportation related research
at The University of Texas at Austin. Snell grants provide either seed funding or matching funding
to faculty in the School of Architecture. Awards with matching financial or in-kind support (such
as services provided by volunteers and contributed faculty time), or the pursuit of a challenge
grant that will build on the supported investigation will receive additional consideration.

This year, up to five projects ranging from $15,000–$20,000 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 2016-2017 fiscal year (8/31/17).
•   Proposals must indicate a plan for continued 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.

Proposal requirements
•   The proposal must be no more than two pages in length.
•   The proposal must include:

  1. Project title
  2.   A three-sentence abstract:
  3. a. One sentence stating the research question (What is the topic or issue investigated?) b. One sentence stating the approach to answer the research question (What kind or kinds of research methods will be used?) c. One sentence stating the potential research impact (Why does the answer matter?)
  4. Statement of problem (background) and purpose of the study
  5. Specific research question(s)
  6. Scope of investigation
  7. Concise summary of research method(s)
  8. Expected products/outcomes
  9. 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.
  10. Project timeline
  11. Budget (please see budget template on the Snell Endowment webpage).

•   The submission deadline is Monday, April 25th at Noon.
•   Submit proposals by email to

Student Support

Snell endowment funds were also used to support the Snell Scholars Program — a recruiting scholarship to attract the best and brightest Ph.D. students working in transportation to participate in the UT System-funded Sustainable Cities Initiative. This year, funds were used to support three Ph.D. fellows with graduate research assistantships and tuition scholarships.

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

Past Projects:






Updated October 2015