Federal Highway Administration Offers Additional Grants to Spur Innovation

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is soliciting for proposals for a fourth round of grants under the Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program. The focus of the 2012 Solicitation will be to work with the highway industry to accelerate the adoption of promising innovations that 1) have the potential to directly reduce crashes or crash severity or 2) innovations that significantly enhance decision-making relative to the deployment of treatments to reduce crashes, crash severity and the understanding of the effectiveness of the treatments. The program is intended to fund proven innovations that have been developed to a late-stage prototype with the proof of concept well established that require further development, testing, and evaluation in a real-world setting before they would be available for commercialization.

The solicitation is posted in Grants.gov. The closing date is May 3, 2012. Each grant award may range from $250,000 to $1,000,000 for up to two years of performance. Subject to available funding, FHWA anticipates awarding up to $5 million through this solicitation.