National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Discretionary Safety Grants and Cooperative Agreements

(1) Conduct research on all phases of highway safety and traffic conditions, including vehicle crash causation, highway or driver characteristics, communications , and emergency care; (2) Conduct ongoing research into driver behavior and its effect on traffic safety; (3) Conduct research on, launch
initiatives to counter, and conduct demonstration projects on fatigued driving by drivers of motor vehicles and distracted driving in such vehicles, including the effect of electronic devices and other factors have on driving; (4) Conduct training or education programs in cooperation with other federal departments and agencies, States, private sector persons, highway safety personnel, and law enforcement personnel; (5) Conduct research on, and evaluate the effectiveness of, traffic safety countermeasures, including seat belts and impaired driving initiatives; (6) Conduct research on, evaluate, and develop best practices related to driver education programs (including driver education curricula, instructor training and certification, program administration and delivery mechanisms) and make recommendations for harmonizing driver education and multistage graduated licensing systems; (7) Conduct research, training, and education programs related to older drivers; (8) Conduct demonstration projects; and (9) Conduct research, training, and programs relating to motorcycle safety, including impaired operating and conduct safety research into drugs and driving behavior.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: ? Develop and support enforcement and education strategies aimed at improving walking and biking safety in communities with high numbers or rates of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. ? Enlist the assistance of employers by developing and disseminating a set of employer-focused road safety resources that can be provided to employees in the private sector. ? Provide resources to assist judges and court administrators in adjudication and management of impaired driving and other highway safety cases. ? Support an internship in NHTSA for the ?Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)? Student of the Year.

The purpose is to mentor and cultivate today?s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of highway safety, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

Fiscal Year 2017: ? Develop and implement State programs which identify and demonstrate a sustained ability to support and work with local jurisdictions to implement older driver safety strategies. ? Renew a five-year agreement between the Federal government and the University of Iowa whereby the University will house, operate, and maintain the Federally-owned National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), ? Support the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in carrying out its mission to meet the needs of State, Tribal, and Federal law enforcement agencies through a variety of traffic safety efforts that impact African American policing issues. ? Support the implementation of a program to reach middle school families, especially those based in rural communities, with information and activities focused on the importance of seat belt use.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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 - None.

NHTSA Office of Acquisition Management.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Public Safety, Texas Department Of $ 700,000   2021-01-182023-07-18
Motor Vehicles, California Department Of $ 500,000   2021-01-182023-07-18
Transportation, Maryland Department Of $ 222,300   2020-09-24
Dln Consulting, Inc. $ 235,000   2008-08-082013-08-31
Safety, Tennessee Department Of $ 118,121   2007-08-012012-07-31
Public Safety, Mississippi Department Of $ 165,586   2007-05-012012-04-30
Public Safety, Alabama Dept Of $ 192,716   2007-04-012012-03-31
Transportation, Wisconsin Department Of $ 169,679   2007-03-012012-02-29
Highway Safety And Motor Vehicles, Florida Department Of $ 261,623   2007-03-012012-02-29
Public Safety, Minnesota Department Of $ 146,972   2007-03-012012-02-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: During Fiscal Year 2016, A total of 15 discretionary cooperative agreements were awarded from 19 applications received. Accomplishments included: Provided assistance to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) to train 174 participants on how to establish new DWI Courts, provided assistance to support refresher training for 187 participants, provided assistance to support 76 participants in receiving regional DWI Court trainings, conducted quarterly webinars, support 4 Academy Courts in educating judges on DWI Courts, and presented at dozens of conferences, and state meetings. Provided assistance to the National Traffic Law Center to conducted over 75 training courses for prosecutors, provided direct technical assistance to 558 prosecutors, provided website for DWI prosecutors that had 513,490 web hits, 500,000 of those accessed. Assisted the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMS for Children Program. The program supports a 16-month Cooperative Agreement with the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) to help build and promote the national EMS system. The Grantee provides national leadership to help define and drive the future of EMS; develops resources for State EMS offices; and, gives technical assistance to help States improve regional and local EMS services. NHTSA awarded cooperative agreements to the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office to support Focus cities in their States with implementing education and enforcement components of their local Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan. Each State will identify State management processes and approaches that provide ongoing support for local communities to strategically address pedestrian and bicyclist safety with education and enforcement efforts. Assisted the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) - with the promotion of priority highway safety programs, e.g. Click It Or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over; publication of articles in Police Chief Magazine to advance traffic safety, coordination with external organizations, e.g. American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on aligned highway safety concerns, development of an updated Highway Safety Desk Book to provide law enforcement leaders with comprehensive information and strategies for responding to highway safety issues, hosting of conferences and meeting with a focus on highway safety and drug impaired driving interdiction. Fiscal Year 2017: During Fiscal Year 2017, it is estimated that 74 discretionary cooperative agreements will be awarded from 77 applications received. During this Fiscal Year, planned accomplishments included: Working with various non-profit organizations to develop Emergency Management Services quality performance measures and to provide tools to measure and improve trauma care. Provide assistance to the Safe States Alliance to build on existing relationships between the traffic safety and public health injury and violence prevention communities in a two-part approach to (1) Develop three actionable deliverables to guide the traffic safety and public health communities in problem identification and strategies to address shared risk and protective factors; and (2) Conduct targeted, intensive training and technical assistance to select state/local-level injury prevention programs on traffic safety issues. Assisting the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) with a new approach and strategy for reaching middle school families, especially those based in rural communities, with information and activities focused on the importance of seat belt use. Since middle school students are typically ages 10-14, this initiative will address the older segment of the tween population. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants and cooperative agreements can only be used for those projects as authorized under Section 403 of Public law 112-140 .

The grants and cooperative agreements can only be used for those projects as authorized under Section 403 of Public law 112-140.

All projects falling within this CFDA are subject to 100% discretionary funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligibility requirements will be specified on a project-by-project basis.

Generally speaking, and historically, projects have been made available to the following types of organizations: Intrastate, Local, Sponsored Organization, Public nonprofit institution/organization, Other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, U.S.

territory or possession, Specialized Group, Small Business, Profit Organization, Private nonprofit institution/organization, Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, Other private institution/organization, Native American Organization,.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Intrastate, State, Local, Sponsored Organization, Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization, Other Public Institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, U.S. territory or possession, Specialized Group, Small Business, Profit Organization, Private nonprofit institution/organization, Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, Other private institution/organization, Native American Organization, Anyone/General Public, Health Professional, Scientist/Researcher, Consumer, Minority Group, Handicapped, Youth, Senior Citizen,.


In addition to the specific documentation requirements which are stipulated in detail with each announcement of a discretionary grant or cooperative agreement opportunity, applicants will also be required to execute the following certifications: 49CFR Part 20 ?Restrictions on Lobbying,? 49 CFR Part 29, ?U.S.DOT Government-wide Requirement for Drug Free Work Place?, SF-424B ?Assurances for Non-Construction Programs?,. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application Procedures vary depending upon the nature of the assistance. For awards made without competition, application procedures will be provided directly to the prospective grantee as part of an invitation to submit an application. For competitive awards, application procedures will be posted on

Award Procedures

Competitive project grants and cooperative agreement applications must be submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration via the website. Project grants and cooperative agreements which are to be awarded without competition shall be submitted directly to the NHTSA point of contact identified for that financial assistance opportunity. Grantees will be required to complete the suite of SF 424 forms, representations and certifications, project plan and budget. NHTSA?s Office of Acquisition Management in cooperation with the applicable NHTSA program office will review project plans and budgets. Awards will be based upon the application of defined evaluation factors to applicants project plans and upon analysis of applicants? project budgets.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Highway Safety Act of 1966, as amended, and Public law 109-59 the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and as amended by Public law 112-140 the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)., Public Law 112-140, 23 U.S.C 403.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None. The deadlines shall be established for each grant or cooperative agreement application package.Refer to deadlines established for each Request for Application as presented in


Not Applicable.


Renewals and/or extensions vary on a project by project basis. Some discretionary grants and cooperative agreements may include option periods.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length is specific to each grant or cooperative agreement and typically does not exceed five (5) years. Depending upon the type of federal funding applied to the grant or cooperative agreement, the period of funding availability may or may not be restricted. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Monthly/Quarterly to coincide with submission of invoices. Financial assistance is released, on a cost-reimbursement basis, upon receipt and approval of monthly or quarterly invoices and supporting project progress reports.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly progress reports are required as well as a final report.

At very least, grantee must submit reports which describe progress made during the preceding reporting period.

Progress reports will also identify any plans for the upcoming reporting period, any problems that the grantee may be experiencing and any additional assistance it may need from the government.

For Discretionary Grants, performance is typically monitored through review of quarterly progress reports.

Cooperative Agreements are monitored through progress reports and any other method specified in the agreement.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the 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. 2 CFR 200 and Commercial Organizations and in accordance with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and Local Governments.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $31,058,580; FY 17 est $27,606,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range for these grants are $100,000 - $482,959.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Highway Safety Act of 1966, as amended (23 U.S.C. Chapter 4) or Section 403 of Public Law 109-593.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. NHTSA Office of Acquisition Management.

Headquarters Office

S. Peter Shultz 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NPO-320 , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: Phone: 202) 366-9561

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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