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
- 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:
- Advancing proven safety strategies for roadway
safety through the 450+ member organizations.
- Infusing $1 million per year in funding for
the Road to Zero Grant Program.
- 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
- Proposals shall cite the evidence of
effectiveness of the selected countermeasure and describe the innovative
- 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.
- Applicants must be a Road to Zero
- 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
- Proposed programs must operate within the
- 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
grants are contingent upon the availability of funds.
- January 26, 2018: Grant applications due by
midnight (central time).
- March 2018: Road To Zero announces
- May 2018: Awarded grants cycle
- 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
- 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
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 Lorrie Lynn at 630.775.2419.