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Highway Research and Development Program

ORGANIZATION NAME: US Department of Transportation

PROGRAM NAME: Highway Research and Development Program


DESCRIPTION; Grant recipients may use funds under this program to deploy advanced transportation and congestion management technologies, including—

  • advanced traveler information systems;

  • advanced transportation management technologies;

  • infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, and condition assessment;

  • advanced public transportation systems;

  • transportation system performance data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems;

  • advanced safety systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications;

  • technologies associated with autonomous vehicles, and other collision avoidance technologies, including systems using cellular technology;

  • integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems;

  • electronic pricing and payment systems; or

  • advanced mobility and access technologies, such as dynamic ridesharing and information systems to support human services for elderly and disabled individuals.

A grant recipient may use up to 5% of the funds awarded each fiscal year to carry out planning and reporting requirements under the program.

To be selected for an ATCMTD award, an applicant must be an eligible applicant. Eligible applicants are State or local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) representing a population of over 200,000, or other political subdivisions of a State or local government (such as publicly owned toll or port authorities), or a multijurisdictional group or consortia of research institutions or academic institutions.(23 U.S.C. 503(c)(4)(N)).

Partnership with the private sector or public agencies, including multimodal and multijurisdictional entities, research institutions, organizations representing transportation and technology leaders, or other transportation stakeholders, is encouraged. Typically, a consortium is a meaningful arrangement with all members involved in planning the overall direction of the group’s activities and participating in most aspects of the group; the consortium is a long-term relationship intended to last the full life of the grant. Any application submitted by a sole research or academic institution and that is not part of a consortium will not be considered for selection.

AVAILABLE FUNDING: $60,000,000.00

MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNT: $12,000,000.00


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