Ends on January 26, 2018

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 attainable 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 proven safety strategies for roadway safety through the 450+ member organizations.
  2. Infusing $1 million per year in funding for the Road to Zero Grant Program.
  3. Developing a roadmap that will chart the course for the coalition to reach by 2050.   

Road to Zero Grant Program:

The focus of the Road to Zero Grant Program is to support the implementation of innovative evidence-based highway safety countermeasures.  

  • Proposals shall 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 shall have measurable objectives and generalizable results. Projects shall demonstrate innovative approaches that could be replicated in other locations.
  • There is no limit on the number of grant proposals an organization can submit.   
  • Proposals from past awarded Road to Zero grants are eligible acceptable but they must include new elements to be considered. For example, an additional innovation to the project is eligible but a continuation of the past project is not eligible to be considered for 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.
  • Funding
      • Funding is for a one year grant
      • 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".
      • Funding operates on a reimbursement process and only expenses approved in the grant are eligible for reimbursement. Awarded grants are contingent upon the availability of funds.
  • Timeline 
      • January 26, 2018: Grant applications due by midnight (central time).
      • March 2018: Road To Zero announces awarded grants.
      • May 2018: Awarded grants cycle begins
      • July 2018: All grants will be awarded prior to July 2018 pending funding.
      • All grants will be awarded prior to July 2018 pending funding.
  • Reporting - the following timeline applies to both reporting and request for reimbursement.
      • Quarterly reports are required and reimbursements will be processed on a quarterly basis (or monthly if needed) with documentation showing objectives have been met.
      • Supporting documentation must include objectives have been met; time spent and expenses incurred for grant activity including receipts, time cards, etc.
      • The grants are subject to the Federal funding requirements under CFDA #20.614.
  • 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.
  • Award Information
      • $1 million dollars will be disbursed per year (subject to funding disbursement) and the requested amounts are between $50,000 and $200,000.
      • Finalist will be required to submit financial documentation and follow the needed process prior to award of 2018 grants. 

If you would like to download a copy of the questions to prepare your answers prior to submitting the online form, please Click HereApplications 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 Lorrie Lynn at 630.775.2419.

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