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Countermeasures to Reduce Drowsy Driving

Grants to USA and Canada Agencies and Organizations for Research
Related to the Prevention of Driving while Drowsy

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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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 to evaluate and explore measures to prevent driving while drowsy. Funding is intended to identify and document existing proven and promising countermeasures that have the potential to be implemented more widely. Funding may also be used to perform original research to investigate whether methods or measures can be developed to help drivers better recognize their drowsiness early and take appropriate action (e.g., not initiate driving, or take a break if already driving) before their performance becomes dangerously impaired.

The Foundation encourages comprehensive proposals but proposals may address either or both of the following objectives:
- To conduct a comprehensive review and examination of efforts to reduce the prevalence of driving while drowsy, including but not limited to efforts by state DOTs, governor’s highway safety offices, employers, and others, to identify and document proven or promising approaches that might potentially be implemented more widely.
- To investigate the relationship between drivers’ subjective estimates of drowsiness, actual drowsiness, and performance; driving decisions regarding whether or not to initiate a trip or to continue driving; and their relationships to driver characteristics (e.g., age, sleep habits) and situational factors (e.g., time of day, trip length, trip purpose). Using these data to inform the identification of a threshold (along an array of measures) at which drowsiness is acknowledged by drivers, determine to what extent this threshold can be advanced so that drivers learn to recognize their drowsiness sooner and are more likely to use this recognition to make safe driving decisions.

The AAA Foundation envisions that the objectives of this research could be met through multiple methods utilizing a variety of research tools, including but not limited to literature review and synthesis, and laboratory, simulation, and field evaluations.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186140

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 12-18 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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