Road to Zero initiative was launched in October 2016 by the National Safety Council, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the goal of eliminating roadway deaths within 30 years. U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million a year for three years to fund Safe System Innovation Grants, and NSC is distributing them.
NSC is dedicating $1 million over three years for the program.
The grant program was announced in December, and NSC received 62 applications totaling more than $8 million. The Coalition appreciates all who applied and all they are doing to improve roadway safety.
Awardees presented innovative approaches to evidence-based highway safety measures. To qualify, an organization needed to clearly explain how their program will reduce motor vehicle fatalities, set a timeframe for the reduction, outline how the program will be evaluated, and detail how the organization intends to reach its target audience and how much money they are requesting.
Each application was reviewed and rated on the same criteria by four separate grant readers. NSC assimilated this input and made selections based on merit. The top seven, totaling $1 million, were chosen for the first Safe System Innovation Grants.