A part of the National Safety Council (NSC) Scholarship program, the Certificate Assistance Program (CAP) helps support individuals on a safety career path obtain their NSC Advanced Safety Certificate ® (ASC). Recipients receive travel and lodging to either the NSC-Itasca or NSC-Atlanta locations to participate in ASC training. Through the ASC program, NSC teaches best practices to those who are transitioning into a safety career or are currently in safety roles within their organization and need additional professional development to create a more proactive process for safety and health. 

Applications are reviewed and awarded quarterly.    

The NSC Young Professionals Division is proud to host a video series aimed at those new to the safety profession, whether fresh from college or several years into a career but new to safety. Launching in the summer of 2018 and available for view on social media, this video series aims to both answer questions common to new safety professionals and provide deeper sessions on safety topics by professionals across industries. 

Individuals are invited to submit a description of their selected topic along with a 30 second sample of their video for consideration. Please log in below or create an account to submit this form. 



  

Road to Zero Initiative Purpose:

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.

Road to Zero Coalition:

The Road to Zero Coalition brings together an unprecedented range of organizations with interest in reducing road fatalities. The Coalition is pursuing three objectives: 

  1. Advancing countermeasures through the 800+ member organizations.
  2. Providing $1 million per year in funding for the Road to Zero Grant Program.
  3. Implementing a Future Scenario report The Road to Zero A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050.        

Road to Zero Grant Program: 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 3 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. 

Review Committee

  • All submissions undergo a technical review by National Safety Council staff. 
  • An external review selection committee reviews the projects for funding consideration.
  • External review selection committee members include governmental agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and may include others. 
  • Individuals and/or organizations applying for grants are not eligible to serve on the review selection committee.

Timeline 

  • January 25, 2019: Grant applications due by midnight (central time). 
  • March 2019: Road To Zero announces awarded grants.
  • May 2019: Awarded grants cycle begins
  • July 2019: All grants will be awarded prior to July 2018 pending funding.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Notice of Federal Funding:

  • Funding for this grant is made available through a Federal Cooperative Agreement between NHTSA and NSC  and is subject to Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200). 
  • Award Information

                     Funding Agency:  National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

                     CFDA# & Name: 20.614 NHTSA Discretionary Grants

                     Prime Award #: DTNH2215H00473

  • Supplanting is prohibited. "Supplanting" is defined as the "use of Federal funds to support personnel or an activity that is already supported (paid for) by any other funds."
  • Accepting an award from NSC under the Road to Zero Innovation Grant Program creates a legal duty for the awardee to use the funds according to the award and applicable U.S. government regulations.
  • Finalist will be required to submit various documents to ensure their organization meets appropriate standards of capacity and financial accountability. 

Award Information

  • $1 million dollars will be disbursed per year (subject to funding disbursement) and the expected award amounts under the program will be between $50,000 and $200,000.
  • Funding is for a one year grant from July 1, 2019 - JUne 30, 2020.
  • Finalist will be required to submit financial documentation and follow the needed process prior to award of 2019 grants.

Reporting: the following timeline applies to both reporting and request for reimbursement.

  • Awardees will be required to submit progress reports and requests for reimbursements no more frequently than monthly with documentation showing progress towards meeting performance measures and objectives.
  • Requests for reimbursement will detail budget vs actual spending. Recipients will be required to provide backup documentation based on a risk assessment of the organization’s track record with federal funds.  

If you would like to download a copy of the questions to prepare your answers prior to submitting the online form, please Click Here. Applications will only be accepted through the 2018 Submittable online form and cannot be mailed, emailed, faxed, etc.

Grant submitters are required to create a Submittable account prior to submitting an application. If you already have a Submittable account, you will be able to log in to use that account. This application may be saved and returned to later for completion and submission. This application is not considered completed until it is submitted by the proposer. Upon submission, a confirmation email will be generated and sent to the proposer.  

 

If you have any questions email us at RoadToZero@nsc.org or call Jane Mellow at 630.487.9326.

The Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) is the most prestigious award given to individuals by the National Safety Council in recognition of outstanding service and contribution in the field of safety. The NSC Awards Committee has established the following guidelines to facilitate the nomination process for this award program.
Scope: The DSSA is designed to reward those individuals who have had a sustained impact on safety on a local, national, or international scope. The nature of the contribution should reflect exceptional service resulting in more effective or increased levels of injury and/or illness prevention, or assistance in furtherance of those goals. This may also include advancement of safety theory and research.
Nominees:
-Will be considered from members and nonmembers of NSC

-Eligible nominees will have at least twenty years of experience in a safety related field

-Active engagement in safety, either paid or unpaid, within the past five years

-Retirees are eligible to be nominated, within two year of their retirement

Criteria: 

-Made impact on safety (international, national or local).  Impact can include affecting culture change around safety within an organization or locale; developing and implementing safety protocols previously lacking in an organization or industry; or public campaigns or advocacy with measurable success in affecting safety awareness and individual behavior.

-Made significant and outstanding contributions to safety.  Contributions can include innovations, research, or other academic pursuits impacting safety.

Nominator Guidance: When considering a potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:
-Self-nominations are not permitted

-The nominator’s obligation to the nominee and the process includes preparing a professional nomination package. A nominator may inform and engage the nominee in preparing this.  

-Powerful, successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered with extraneous information and endorsements.

-All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other      documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form. 

-Nominators must never assure a nominee that the award is theirs without the approval of the NSC Award Committee. 

-All eligible DSSA nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation.
-All criteria must be supported with metrics and appropriate documentation.
Deadline:  Final nominations must be submitted online by February 4, 2019.

NSC launched the Rising Stars of Safety in 2010 to highlight the achievements of the best safety professionals under the age of 40. 

The Rising Stars of Safety is designed to reward those individuals who have a current role in safety, and have influenced their company’s safety culture and safety leadership. Companies are encouraged to nominate all of their possible winners, but any one company will only have one Rising Star.

To be eligible for nomination, the nominee:
·       Must have been nominated by another
·       Can be based anywhere in the world
·       Must be under 40 years old as of October 31 of the nominating year

The criteria that will be used in evaluating nominations may include, but not be limited to: 

  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Led a safety initiative with measurable results
  • Engaged his or her peers around safety culture
  • Demonstrated a personal belief in safety to business operations. 

The National Safety Council may choose to recognize any number of Rising Stars of Safety in any given year. No one individual will win the award more than one time. Historically, the Rising Stars of Safety have been viewed as a “40 under 40” style award. 

When considering a potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:

  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Nominators should spend time early in the process discussing the nomination process with the NSC Award Manager, who can serve as a coach.
  • The nominator’s obligation to the nominee and the process includes preparing a professional nomination package. A nominator may inform and engage the nominee in preparing this submission.
  • Powerful, successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered with extraneous information and endorsements. 
  • All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form.
  • Nominators must never assure a nominee that the award is theirs without the approval of the NSC Award Committee.

Nominations must be made through third parties; self-nominations will not be eligible. All eligible Rising Stars nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation. A complete resume is required as part of the submission.

Final nominations must be submitted online by February 4, 2019.

 The NSC Marion Martin Award was established in 2016 to recognize and celebrate outstanding service and contributions in the field of safety by women.  The NSC Awards Committee has established the following guidelines to facilitate the nomination process for this award program. 

Purpose: The purpose of the NSC Marion Martin Award is to recognize women who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have helped pave the way to success for other women in the profession. These women have distinguished themselves in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the local, regional, national or international level.

Scope: The NSC Marion Martin Award is designed to reward those women who have had a significant impact on other women in the safety field.  This award is designed to celebrate the career of women who have not only achieved professional excellence, but did so while encouraging other women to pursue a career in safety.

Eligibility: To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must be a woman, and may not be an active National Safety Council staff member, or member of the NSC Women’s Caucus Steering Committee. 

Criteria: The criteria that will be used in evaluating nominations may include, but not be limited to: 

  1. The contribution the individual has made to safety AND
  2. The impact the individual has had on other women pursuing careers in safety AND/OR
  3. The level at which the individual opened doors and advanced opportunities for women in a safety employment setting 

Recipient: The nature of the contributions implied by the NSC Marion Martin Award limit a single individual to receiving this award only once in her lifetime. This restriction is not intended to limit the breadth of contributions that an individual can make, but rather emphasize the value of the NSC Marion Martin Award.

Quantity: The nature of excellence implied by the NSC Marion Martin Award requires recipients be limited to one annually.  

Nominator Guidance: Nominating individuals for the NSC Marion Martin Award is an achievement in and of itself. When considering a potential nominee, it is important to consider the following:

  • The nominator’s obligation to the nominee and the process includes preparing a professional nomination package. A nominator may inform and engage the nominee in preparing this.  
  • Powerful, successful nominations are crisp in form, clear, neat, organized and not encumbered with extraneous information and endorsements.
  • All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form.

All eligible NSC Marion Martin Award nominees must have at least one and no more than three letters of recommendation. All criteria must be supported with metrics and appropriate documentation.

Deadline:  All submissions must be received by February 4, 2019. 

New in 2017, the NSC Community Advancement Award recognizes the impact employers can have on the safety of the communities in which they operate.  To be considered for this award, employers must not only have an organizational commitment to health and safety, but express that commitment with programs geared toward employee and families and to the community. The NSC Awards Committee has established the following guidelines to facilitate the nomination process for this award program. 

Purpose: The purpose of the NCS Community Advancement Award is to recognize the impact employers have on safety in the communities in which they operate. The award should also inspire other employers to invest in employee health, safety, and community safety initiatives. 

Scope: The NSC Community Advancement Award is designed to reward those employers who show excellent organizational commitment; have dedicated programs designed to increase the health, safety, and well being of their employers and their families; and who are dedicated to advancing safety in the communities in which they operate.  The nature of the programs should result in employers who are seen as safety leaders in the community.  

Eligibility: To be eligible for nomination, the employer must: 

  • Have a stated commitment to health and safety for their employees and the community 
  • Be committed to the health and safety of their employees and their families
  • Be engaged in their local community with safety programs as a priority 

Criteria: The criteria for evaluating nominations may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Proven organizational commitment to health and safety of all stakeholders
  • Demonstrated collaborations between the employer and other community organizations around safety advancement
  • Verified employee health and safety programs that extend to family members
  • Promotion of and engagement in health and safety activities in the community

Recipient: This award is specific to the location that has applied for the award and is not transferable to other locations or to organization headquarters, if applicable.   

Deadline: All nominations must follow the NSC Community Advancement Award guidelines. Final nominations must be submitted online by February 4, 2019.
 

2019  Oklahoma Our Driving Concern
Oklahoma Employer Traffic Safety Awards Nomination Form
GUIDELINES:
This award recognizes Oklahoma employers who have demonstrated a commitment to transportation safety and a culture that actively promotes traffic safety on and off the job. Employers who have created or implemented driving safety solutions and practices, programs or policies should apply for this award. Areas of focus may include any aspect of transportation safety targeted at employees,  the employees families, the community and contractors.
 
ELIGIBITITY:
 

  • Any Oklahoma employer is eligible regardless of company type or size. 
  • Nominated company must have operations in Oklahoma.
  • Nominator does not have to be an employee of the company being nominated. 
  • Previous award recipients are eligible for nomination.

 BASIS FOR THE AWARD:
Applicants will be judged on the basis of what they are doing in terms of education and outreach within their company focusing on traffic safety and driver behaviors to reduce traffic crashes on-and-off the job, the primary cause of lost work time and employee fatalities. Each business application will be reviewed individually based on their merit.
 
DEADLINE:
 

  •  Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

  AWARD CATERGORIES:
Each are designed to acknowledge employer achievements in the area of transportation safety.
 
 

  •  Exemplary Award Recipient  Employers who are exceptional due to their emphasis on transportation safety in the workplace and beyond in addressing driver behavior.
  • Award Recipient  Employers who make transportation safety a priority in their workplace.
  • Honorable Mention  Employers that are worthy of recognition due to their efforts in the area of transportation safety.
     

 BEST PRACTICES: Award winners exemplify the highest standards of achievement in the field of employee education and outreach in the area of traffic safety and driver behavior. Award recipients programs can serve as models or standards of comparison for Oklahoma employers developing or reviewing their own workplace traffic safety programs. In the spirit of sharing best practices in traffic safety, the nominated organization agrees that NSC may use this information in future promotional material, on web or in print.
 

2019  Texas Our Driving Concern 

Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards Nomination Form

GUIDELINES: 

  This award recognizes Texas employers who have demonstrated a commitment to transportation safety and a culture that actively promotes traffic safety on and off the job. Employers who have created or implemented driving safety solutions and practices, programs or policies should apply for this award. Areas of focus may include any aspect of transportation safety targeted at employees,  the employees families, the community and contractors. 

 

ELIGIBITITY:

  • Any Texas employer is eligible regardless of company type or size. 
  • Nominated company must have operations in Texas.
  • Nominator does not have to be an employee of the company being nominated. 
  • Previous award recipients are eligible for nomination.

BASIS FOR THE AWARD:

 Applicants will be judged on the basis of what they are doing in terms of education and outreach within their company focusing on traffic safety and driver behaviors to reduce traffic crashes on-and-off the job, the primary cause of lost work time and employee fatalities. Each business application will be reviewed individually based on their merit. 

 

DEADLINE:

  •  Applications must be submitted by Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

 AWARD CATERGORIES:

Each are designed to acknowledge employer achievements in the area of transportation safety.

 

  •  Exemplary Award Recipient  Employers who are exceptional due to their emphasis on transportation safety in the workplace and beyond in addressing driver behavior.
  • Award Recipient  Employers who make transportation safety a priority in their workplace.
  • Honorable Mention  Employers that are worthy of recognition due to their efforts in the area of transportation safety.

BEST PRACTICES: Award winners exemplify the highest standards of achievement in the field of employee education and outreach in the area of traffic safety and driver behavior. Award recipients programs can serve as models or standards of comparison for Texas employers developing or reviewing their own workplace traffic safety programs. In the spirit of sharing best practices in traffic safety, the nominated organization agrees that NSC may use this information in future promotional material, on web or in print. 

 

Completion of this form is not a part of the nomination process, but is simply a way for you to be reminded to nominate the program or individual. If you have additional questions about the NSC Awards process, please contact Sarah Van Huis at sarah.vanhuis@nsc.org.

About the Congress & Expo Scholarship

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's premier annual safety event, bringing together 15,000 safety, health, and environmental professionals from various industries. The 2019 NSC Congress & Expo will be held in San Diego from September 7-13, 2019. All scholarship recipients will be provided the opportunity to attend at no cost, with access to technical sessions, keynote addresses, an Expo of over 1,000 companies, and networking events. This is an invaluable opportunity for scholarship recipients to meet and learn from thousands of safety and health professionals. For more information about the NSC Congress & Expo, visit congress.nsc.org.

About the Women in Safety Scholarship

The NSC Women in Safety Scholarship helps support women pursuing safety as a career and promote safety as a career path for those women studying business or engineering. 

The Women in Safety Scholarship is a cash award of $5,000, renewable for up to four years. In addition to the monetary award to be used for educational purposes, the Women in Safety Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo held in San Diego from September 7-13, 2019 at no cost. For more information about the NSC Congress & Expo, visit congress.nsc.org.

About the Billy D. Young Memorial Scholarship

The NSC Construction & Utilities Division honors Billy D. Young – the first NSC Public Utilities Division chair – with this scholarship in his name. Given to one student per year who intends to pursue a career in the utilities industry, the Billy D. Young scholarship provides the winner the opportunity to attend the NSC Congress & Expo and a $2,000 award.

For more detailed information on each scholarship, please see nsc.org/scholarships.

NSC Student Members

NSC student membership opportunities are made possible through funding by the National Safety Council and its members.  Click here to join NSC as a student member; there is no cost for membership. If you are a current student member and need assistance, contact CustomerCare@nsc.org or call 800-621-7619. If you are unable to become a student member because you have not yet been accepted into a program, please contact scholarship@nsc.org for assistance. 

The Teen Injury Prevention Leadership Award or BEST Award shall be granted to an individual or organization working to improve teen safety and save lives, as car crashes and substance misuse are leading causes of death for teens. 

Criteria: The criteria for evaluating nominations may include, but not be limited to:

  • Changing behaviors to reduce teen injuries using proven, evaluated methods 
  • Leading efforts to educate and engage teens, parents and/or communities around teen safety practices
  • Advocating for policies based on proven principles of injury reduction 

Recipient: This award may only be awarded to any individual or organization that has made a positive difference in teen injury prevention and safety.

All nominations must be submitted through the online application with all required fields complete.  No other documents will be accepted in lieu of the online form.

Deadline: All nominations must follow the NSC Award guidelines. Final nominations must be submitted online by February 28, 2019

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