Highway Research and Development Program

To carry out the highway research and development program as authorized by SAFETEA-LU.

To conduct research needed to maintain and grow our vital transportation infrastructure.

SAFETEA-LU addresses the many challenges facing our transportation system today challenges such as improving safety,

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reducing traffic congestion, improving efficiency in freight movement, increasing intermodal connectivity, and protecting the environment as well as laying the groundwork for addressing future challenges.

SAFETEA-LU promotes more efficient and effective Federal surface transportation programs by focusing on transportation issues of national significance, while giving State and local transportation decision makers more flexibility for solving transportation problems in their communities.

Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - State-level division offices of the FHWA (as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog)

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories




Program Accomplishments

The two landmark bills that brought surface transportation into the 21st century the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) shaped the highway program to meet the Nation's changing transportation needs. SAFETEA-LU builds on this firm foundation, supplying the funds and refining the programmatic framework for investments needed to maintain and grow our vital transportation infrastructure.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Varies by project.

See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details.

(RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.)

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Varies by project.

See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details.

(RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State (State DOTs) Local Sponsored Organization General Public.

Credentials/Documentation

Eligible activities and allowable costs will be determined in accordance with SAFETEA-LU and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cost principles applicable to the recipient/sub-recipient.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Varies by project.

See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details.

(RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov).

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Generally, per directions contained in the RFAs, applicants submit applications online via www.Grants.gov by the due date specified in the RFA.

Award Procedures

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Generally, FHWA evaluates applications and selects awardee(s).

Deadlines

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.)

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq., as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Generally 1 to 3 months after application submittal.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Cost sharing requirements for individual projects, as required by SAFETEA-LU, will be designated in the RFA.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Funds generally become available at the beginning of the fiscal year for which they are authorized, and are available until expended or as otherwise designated in SAFETEA-LU.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Varies by project.

See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details.

(RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.) Generally quarterly progress reports and annual budget reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards from all sources during the fiscal year must have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

Project records and documents must be retained by the Recipient as specified in 2 CFR Part 15 (Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations) or 49 CFR 18.42 as applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8083-0-7-401.

Obigations

Obligations are reported under Federal-aid Highway program totals.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.)

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

23 CFR, "Highways", 49 CFR, "Transportation", and 2 CFR, "Grants and Agreements".

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

State-level division offices of the FHWA (as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog)

Headquarters Office

Federal Highway Administration, Office of Acquisition Management (HAAM), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Varies by project. See individual project Request for Applications (RFAs) for details. (RFAs issued at www.Grants.gov.)



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