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 $500,000 in year two to fund Safe System Innovation Grants; NSC is distributing these grants.

To qualify, an organization must clearly explain how its 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 11 grant applicants chosen for the second year of the Safe System Innovation Grants, totaling $1.5 million, are listed below in alphabetical order. In 2017, there were seven grant winners.

Get more detail on each of the 11 2018 programs here.

2018 Grant Recipients


 
Organization Name Initiative Grant Amount
America Walks in partnership with University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC-HSRC) Accelerating Adoption of Safer Systems for All Road Users $170,256
Bicycle Colorado Bicycle -friendly Driver and Confident Commuting Program $109,902
Center for Latino Progress - CPRF Cooperative Community Crash Reduction, Hartford, CT $174,038
City of Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston's Safest Driver $106,244
Institute of Transportation Engineers in partnership with the Vision Zero Network Moving from Conversation to Action: A Scalable Training Resource on Speed Management for Transportation Professionals and Community Stakeholders $181,937
Lorrain County Public Health Lorain Active Transportation Collaborative $69,976
National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America Safe Street, Smart Cities Academy $185,732
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago Underutilized Strategies in Traffic Safety $62,513
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 $173,029
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 $186,602
University of Michigan Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in Motor Vehicle
Fatalities
$79,772
TOTAL: $1,500,000

2017 Grant Recipients


Organization Name Initiative Grant Amount
Chicago Department of Transportation Vision Zero Garfield Park $185,654
Los Angeles Police Department Vision Zero – Priority Corridor Safety Details $182,149
National Association for County Engineers Advancing Local Road Safety Practices with State DOTs $ 83,545
National Complete Streets Coalition Safe Streets Academy $185,567
Roadway Safety Foundation usRap Across America $139,241
San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency Vision Zero – Distracted Driving $111,393
University of Michigan Traffic Research Institute Reducing Fatalities: Framework for Identifying Future Needs in Technological Counter-measurers and Public Policies $112,451
Total: $1,000,000