FY20 Rail Safety Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (Rail Safety IDEA)


Funding Opportunity ID: 327335
Opportunity Number: FR-RRD-20-002
Opportunity Title: FY20 Rail Safety Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (Rail Safety IDEA)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Transportation
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 20.313
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The National Academy of Sciences is the only entity eligible to apply.
Agency Code: DOT-FRA
Agency Name: Department of Transportation
DOT – Federal Railroad Administration
Posted Date: May 26, 2020
Close Date: Jun 05, 2020 No Explanation
Last Updated Date: May 26, 2020
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) programs explore promising but unproven concepts with the potential to advance specific surface transportation systems. The Rail Safety IDEA program investigates innovative concepts and methods to improve safety and performance of railroads. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) endeavors to provide funding for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to continue to carry out the Rail Safety IDEA program. FRA funding for the Safety IDEA program has been provided since October 2002. FRA joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as a joint sponsor of the Safety IDEA program. FMCSA has been funding the Safety IDEA program since the program started in October 2001. In 2013, the Rail Safety IDEA program has become completely independent and separate from the FMCSA; therefore, all projects funded by this Grant must be railroad related projects. The Rail Safety IDEA programs explore innovative concepts that are initiated and proposed by researchers, inventors, universities, or companies, both within and outside the usual transportation research community.
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