State and Local Government Data Analysis Tools for Roadway Safety


The purpose of this NOFO is to advance the U.S. Department of Transportation?s (DOT) safety strategic goal, which includes using a data-driven systemic safety approach, by providing funding to build the capacity of State, local, and Tribal governments to use tools and information for policy and decision-making to improve roadway safety. The NOFO is an important next step in the Safety Data Initiative (SDI), which focuses on leveraging data integration, data visualization, and the use of advanced analytics to better understand surface transportation safety risks. Participants will develop, refine, and deploy roadway safety tools that address specific safety problems, which are an identified area of need for State, local, and Tribal practitioners. This will accelerate the roadway safety community?s ability to gain new safety insights from data and apply information in a meaningful way that can lead to more precise, informed, effective, and/or efficient practices.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
49 U.S.C. 330(e)
Public Law 115-141
The NOFO funding is from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub.L. 115–141). The joint explanatory statement accompanying that act stated that $5,500,000 of the $14,000,000 in the Office of the Secretary's Transportation Planning, Research, and Development funds be made available for transportation planning, research, and development for “safety data and automated vehicles safety data initiatives.”
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible Primary Applicants are State or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and regional governments, other political subdivisions of a State or local government, as well as tribal governments. Private sector, research or academic institutions, national organizations and other non-government stakeholders are permitted to be partners, but are not eligible to be the Primary Applicant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
The Applicant shall submit an application submission that is no more than fifteen (15) total pages, as well as up to ten (10) pages of supporting documents. The application submission is required; the supporting documents are optional. The submission shall include the following elements: a) Cover page b) Project narrative c) Partners d) Information on data documentation, end products, and intellectual property e) Key personnel f) Budget and in-kind resources
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Eligible applications will undergo review and evaluation by officials in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and applicable Operating Administrations in DOT. Based on those reviews Departmental senior leadership determine which applications advance to the Secretary of Transportation, who ultimately selects the awards. If an application is selected for award, DOT will contact the Principal and Alternate Principal contacts listed in the Application submission to finalize the terms of the Cooperative Agreement prior to award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
DOT will evaluate eligible applications based on the following evaluation criteria, which are ordered from most important (A) to least important (E). A. TECHNICAL MERIT B. POTENTIAL FOR USE C. POTENTIAL FOR REPLICATION D. DIVERSITY OF RECIPIENTS E. PARTNERSHIPS
How may assistance be used?
Awardees will receive funds to support specific use cases that will perform analysis, develop and refine a safety tool, implement the safety tool, document the work performed, and participate in peer exchanges.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Required deliverables retain the necessary records for the duration of the cooperative agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Estimated announcement of selected awardees will be January or February of 2020. The estimated period of performance is one (1) year from the establishment of the cooperative agreement. The funds will be distributed as a fixed amount award. Fixed amounts will be distributed after the completion of project deliverables.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For more information about this listing please email DOT Headquarters in Washington, DC at
Headquarters Office
Paul D. Teicher
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590 USA
Phone: 202-366-4114
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $3,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$250,000 to $500,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For more information about the Safety Data Initiative please visit
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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