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Road to Zero Safe System Innovation Grants

Grantor: National Safety Council
Posted: December 19, 2018
Due: January 25, 2019

The National Safety Council (NSC), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced in October 2016 the Road to Zero initiative with the purpose to eliminate roadway fatalities by 2050.

Zero roadway deaths is attainable based on these fundamental principles:
  • Roadway fatalities are preventable.
  • A future with zero roadway deaths is more certain than ever. The emergence of advanced driver assistance systems and the promise of self-driving cars, together with evidence-based roadway and behavioral interventions, offer the potential for dramatic safety improvements.  
  • Safe systems promote safe infrastructure, roadway users, vehicles and a focus on strengthening safety culture.
The focus of the Road to Zero Grant Program is on innovative approaches for implementing evidence-based highway safety countermeasures. In April 2018, the Road to Zero coalition issued a report, The Road to Zero A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050, which outlines three methods to reach zero fatalities on U.S. roadways by 2050:
  1. Double down on what works
  2. Accelerate advanced technology
  3. Prioritize safety.
Proposal Criteria
  • Proposals should advance one of the three pillars in the report.
  • Proposals should cite the evidence of effectiveness of the selected countermeasure and describe the innovative implementation approach.
  • Proposed projects that link behavioral, roadway and/or vehicle elements will be given special consideration (e.g., incorporating roadway or vehicle strategies to change safety behaviors).
  • Proposed projects should have measurable objectives and generalizable results. Projects should demonstrate innovative approaches that could be replicated in other locations.
  • Proposals from past Road to Zero grantees are acceptable. They may be for new projects or for additional innovations on the current project (i.e. phase #2) but not a continuation of the current project. 
  • Applicants must be a Road to Zero Coalition Member.
  • Applicant must be a non-profit organization such as a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6).
  • State, local and municipal Governments Governors' safety offices, state and local departments of transportation, universities, law enforcement, public health, etc. are eligible to apply.
  • Proposed programs must operate within the United States.
Program Contact
If you have any questions, please send an email to RoadToZero@nsc.org or call Jane Mellow at (630) 487-9326.
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