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Safe System Innovation Grants

  • The 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 by 2050. U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million a year for three years to fund Safe System Innovation Grants. NSC administers the grants and is contributing $1 million over the three years to support the Coalition.

    2018 grants applications will be accepted through Jan. 26, with winners announced in spring. Emphasis is on strengthening existing roadway safety programs, accelerating technology and infrastructure improvements, and implementing a safe systems approach to reach zero roadway fatalities.

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    Road to Zero Grant Proposals

    • Proposal should cite evidence of effectiveness of the countermeasure and describe innovative implementation
    • Projects that link behavioral, roadway and/or vehicle elements will be given special consideration, such as incorporating roadway or vehicle strategies to change safety behaviors
    • Projects should have measurable objectives and innovative approaches that could be replicated in other locations
    • Proposals from past Road to Zero grants will be accepted; they may be for new projects, or additional innovations on a current project (Phase 2), rather than a continuation of the current project


    • Applicant must be a Road to Zero Coalition Member
    • Applicant must have nonprofit status
    • Applicant may be government entities: cities, states, counties, governors' safety offices, state DOT's, universities, law enforcement, public health, etc.
    • For-profit organizations may partner with non-profit organizations
    • Proposed programs must operate within the United States


    • Organizations may apply for a one-year grant
    • Supplanting (use of federal funds to support personnel or an activity already paid for by any other funds) is prohibited
    • Proposals selected will be reimbursed for mutually agreed grant expenses
    • Grants are contingent upon the availability of funds

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