In the UTC research priority area of Promoting Safety, TTI is a consortium member of a National Tier center titled Safety Through Disruption: Goal Zero, which is led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). San Diego State University is also a consortium member. TTI is also partnered on a Tier 1 center led by the University of Arkansas, the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center, which focuses on maritime transportation. Other consortium members include Jackson State University, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans and Vanderbilt University.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award recipients of five highly competitive national University Transportation Center grants, naming the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and its partners Texas A&M Transportation Institute and San Diego State University — with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation — as one of two national safety University Transportation Centers.