National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Discretionary Safety Grants

To provide funds to conduct research and development on transportation safety and related issues.

Examples of Funded Projects

Study Underlying Risk Assessment Iowa Click It or Ticket Next Generation Virginia Click It or Ticket Next Generation EMS System Planning and Development The Biomechanical Response of Human Surrogates to Impact.

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.

Program Accomplishments

To be determined on individual grant or cooperative agreement basis.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants and cooperative agreements can only be used for those projects identified in DOT's Annual Appropriation Legislation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grantee application eligibility will be developed on an on individual grant or cooperative agreement basis by the NHTSA Purchase Team.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public Non-Profit Institutions/Organizations; Sponsored Organizations; State; Local; Other Public Institutions; Federal Recognized Indian Tribal Government; U.S. Territory or Possession; Private Non-Profit Institution/Organizations; Quasi-Public Non-Profit Institutions/Organizations; Native American Organizations.


Proposals with statement of work and estimated budget. Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87 for State and Local governments, A-21 for Educational Institutions, A-122 for Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The application shall be submitted to the grantee via Grantees will be required to complete the suite of SF 424 forms and the appropriate representations and certifications.

Award Procedures

The application package shall be returned via Award will be made by NHTSA Office of Acquisition Management personnel.


None. The deadlines shall be established in each grant or cooperative agreement application package.


Highway Safety Act of 1966, as amended, 23 U.S.C. Chapter 4, Public Law 103-272, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 327.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Renewals and/or extension may be available. Requests must be submitted to the NHTSA Office of Acquisition Management for approval.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program is not a statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length is specific to each grant or cooperative agreement. The funds can be released in a lump sum, but normally the grantees are reimbursed for funds expended.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and expenditures reports are required.

The final report is due at the end of the grant or cooperative agreement.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities (including universities) that expend $500,000 or more in a year in federal awards shall have a single or 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, with certain exceptions as stated in OMB Circular No. A-133. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with federal Acquisition Regulations.


Records are due in accordance with the terms and conditions of each grants or cooperative agreement. Records will be retained in accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for Institutions of Higher Education, Other Nonprofit Organizations, and Commercial Organizations and in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and Local Governments.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $40,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average amount changes depending on the DOT's annual appropriation legislation.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Highway Safety Act of 1966, as amended (23 U.S.C. Chapter 4) or Public Law 103-272, 49 U.S.C. Chapter 327, formerly the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Lloyd S. Blackwell, US Department of Transportation/NHTSA, Office of Acquisition Management, 400 7th Street, SW, Room 5301, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-9564, (202) 366-9555 (fax).

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grantee criteria for selecting proposals will be developed on an on individual grant or cooperative agreement basis by the NHTSA Purchase Team.

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