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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.


  • 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 2019 pending funding.


  • 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.  

Applications will only be accepted through the 2019 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.