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Safety has consistently been DOT’s top strategic and organizational goal. Automation offers the potential to improve safety for vehicle operators and occupants and other travelers sharing the road. To address this potential, the USDOT hereby solicits applications to result in awards to eligible entities for an Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Program to fund planning, direct research, and demonstration grants for the research and development of ADS, defined in the SAE International Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for OnRoad Motor Vehicles, J3016_201806,3 as well as certain technologies associated with ADS.

USDOT hereby requests applications in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to result in multiple grant awards to eligible entities to fund demonstration projects that test the safe integration of automated driving systems into the Nation’s on road transportation system. Public Law 115-141 appropriates funding for a “highly automated vehicle research and development program” to fund planning, direct research, and demonstration grants for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and other driving automation systems and technologies. Of the total amount provided, $60,000,000 must be used for demonstration grants that test the safe integration of ADS into our Nation’s on-road transportation system. Anticipated award amounts resulting from this NOFO will vary.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Native American Tribes, State Government
Eligibility Notes
State and local governments, tribal governments, transit agencies and authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, other subdivisions of State or local governments (including public port authorities/districts), public academic institutions, public research institutions, or a multijurisdictional group* thereof applying through a single lead Applicant. Private companies and private universities are NOT eligible Applicants. However, private companies and private universities may be a sub-recipients or subcontractors.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Mar 21, 2019
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Dec 21, 2018
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