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Setting Realistic Expectations for Consumers: How Many Motor Vehicle Crashes and Fatalities Will Automated Vehicles Prevent in the Future?

Grants to USA and Canada Organizations, Agencies, and IHEs to
Research and Evaluate the Safety of Driver-Assisted Vehicles

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Foundation / Corporation

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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Deadline Date:

07/08/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and Canada agencies, NGOs, private foundations, for-profit organizations, and IHEs for research projects that will evaluate the safety of driver assisted technologies. Funding is intended for research that explores how new technologies have affected the number of injuries, crashes, and deaths occurring in the United States per year.

Research should demonstrate the assumptions on which safety estimates are based so that possible outcomes ranging from conservative to optimistic can be calculated. The goal of the program is to estimate the anticipated reductions (or increases) in the numbers of accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year in the US due to new and advanced technology, including currently available ADAS technology as well as future higher-level automation (e.g., SAE levels 3+).

In modeling these effects, a number of important assumptions and data trends should be considered, such as the rate of market penetration and driver acceptance of the technology, projected capabilities of the systems over time (e.g., as vehicle offerings progress from ADAS to ADS), population and demographic changes, changes in personal vehicle ownership and driver licensing, and changes to roadway infrastructure. Ideally, projections will extend from the immediate future (3-5 years out) to a longer time horizon (10+ years), with appropriate acknowledgment of the increased uncertainty with time.

The AAA Foundation envisions that the objective of this research could be met through multiple methods utilizing a variety of research tools, including but not limited to literature review and synthesis, market and demographic trend analyses, and modeling, computer simulation, and forecasting.

Proposals are assessed based on three criteria: innovation, approach, and team experience and supporting research environment. For additional information about these criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186138

Estimated Size of Grant:

The AAA Foundation has an annual budget of a few million dollars to fund all projects. Historically, projects have ranged from a few hundred thousand dollars to several million for multi-year studies.

Term of Contract:

The AAA Foundation envisions that a project of the intended scale would likely take approximately 12-24 months to complete.

For planning purposes, assume a January 7, 2020 start date and an end date of December 31, 2020 (or whatever appropriate end date, in cases of longer, multi-year project proposals). Note that actual dates will be determined at the contract agreement stage.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The AAA Foundation is seeking research teams that can provide objective and impartial research. Eligibility is open to any organizations qualified to do the work. However, for practical considerations, an organization outside of the U.S. should detail how regular project status meetings with AAA Foundation staff will take place.

Eligible applicants include government agencies, private foundations, for-profit organizations, universities and colleges, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT.

The Foundation will accept questions until 5:00 PM EDT, May 31, 2019. Answers will be posted on the AAA Foundation website no later than 5:00 PM EDT, June 7, 2019.

Notifications on proposals selected for funding are expected to go out in December 2019. Funding for selected proposals will be available beginning in January 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit completed proposals to, with the subject line, "2020 Proposal."

If you have questions email them to the address above, and enter "Questions" in the subject line.

AAA Foundation
607 14th Street NW, Suite 201
Washington DC 20005

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