2018 Safe System Innovation Grants

The Road to Zero (RTZ) initiative 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. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control became a partner to RTZ, which now has more than 650 coalition members. The U.S. Department of Transportation committed $1 million a year for three years and an additional $500 thousand in year two to fund Safe System Innovation Grants; NSC is distributing these grants.

To qualify, an organization must clearly explain how their innovative program will reduce roadway fatalities, set a time frame for the reduction, outline how the program will be evaluated, detail how the organization intends to reach its target audience and list the funds requested.

Each application was reviewed and rated on the same criteria by four separate grant readers. The top eight grant applicants, totaling $1 million, chosen for the second year of the Safe System Innovation Grants are listed below in alphabetical order. In 2017, there were seven grant winners.

Get more detail on each of the eight programs here.

2018 Grant Recipients

Organization Name Initiative
America Walks in partnership with University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC-HSRC) Accelerating Adoption of Safer Systems for All Road Users
Bicycle Colorado Bicycle -friendly Driver and Confident Commuting Program
Center for Latino Progress - CPRF Cooperative Community Crash Reduction, Hartford, CT
City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston's Safest Driver
Lorrain County Public Health Lorain Active Transportation Collaborative
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago Underutilized Strategies in Traffic Safety
Texas A&M University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital A systems approach to reduce drowsy driving among night-shift nurses
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB Youth Safety Lab) in collaboration with Safe Kids Worldwide Improving Child Restraint Installation in Rural America through Interactive Virtual Presence