The United States Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the second year of its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program. The SMART Grants Program became possible as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The program will fund up to $500 million in grants over five years to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems that improve transportation efficiency and safety.
“New technologies like connected vehicles, smart traffic signals and more have the potential to make our transportation system dramatically safer and more efficient, yet many public sector agencies aren’t equipped to harness the full potential of these innovations,” said USDOT Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our SMART program helps give state, local and Tribal governments the resources they need to find technological solutions to some of their most pressing transportation challenges.”
This SMART Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will accept applications for Stage 1 Planning and Prototyping grants. During Stage 1, the SMART program seeks to fund innovation aimed at solving real-world transportation problems and focused on building data and technology capacity and experience for state, local and Tribal governments. The program also recognizes that many public sector transportation agencies face challenges finding the resources and personnel to leverage new technologies.
The funding opportunity is open to public sector entities seeking to carry out transportation projects that demonstrate at least one of the following technology areas:
- Coordinated automation
- Connected vehicles
- Systems integration
- Innovative aviation
- Smart grid
- Traffic signals
“The department is investing in new technology solutions that make our transportation systems safer and more efficient. Last year’s inaugural SMART grants reflected this dynamic, centering on solutions in areas like safety, transit innovation and managing public space, addressing pressing challenges in communities with right-sized innovations,” said Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, deputy assistant secretary for research and technology and chief scientist at USDOT.
The NOFO is open now and can be found on USDOT's website. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 to the Valid Eval submission website.