Rural Autonomous Vehicle Program

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
December 12th, 2023
Close Date
March 13th, 2024
Total Funding
$25,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$25,000,000.00
Award Floor
$25,000,000.00
Opportunity No.
RAVTRANS

Agency

69A355 Research and Technology (DOT-RITA)

Eligible Applicants

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Funding Category

Transportation

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Other

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Rural Autonomous Vehicle Program, offered by the 69A355 Research and Technology agency, is seeking competitive cooperative agreement applications for the procurement of services related to the research and development of automated vehicle technologies for rural communities. The program aims to address the unique challenges faced by rural and Tribal communities in terms of mobility and economic development, including isolation, transportation cost burden, and traffic safety. The program will provide two awards to accredited non-profit institutions of higher education or consortia thereof, as cooperative agreements on a competitive basis. The selected institutions will conduct research and work with rural and Tribal communities to bring the benefits of responsible integration of automated vehicles and associated technologies to these communities. The program has an estimated total funding of $25,000,000, with an award ceiling and floor of $25,000,000. The procurement opportunity falls under the category of Transportation and is open to private institutions of higher education. The deadline for submission is March 13, 2024. For more information, interested applicants can refer to the U.S. DOT Research Hub and the RD&T Annual Research Plans. Inquiries can be sent to RAVProgram@dot.gov, and additional information can be found on the official website of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Description

The RAV program research shall focus on applications of automated vehicles technologies for rural communities that support transportation strategic goals and objectives documented in the U.S. DOT strategic plans and documents listed below. The RAV program research shall address, as applicable, the unique challenges rural and Tribal communities face related to mobility and economic development, including isolation, transportation cost burden, and traffic safety[1]. [1] Applicants can refer to the U.S. DOT Research Hub (https://researchhub.bts.gov/search) and the RD&T Annual Research Plans (https://www.transportation.gov/administrations/assistant-secretary-research-and-technology/rdt-annual-modal-research-plans) pages for information on AV research being conducted by U. S. DOT. Questions/Answers to inquiries sent to RAVProgram@dot.gov are posted on https://www.transportation.gov/policy/ost-r/rdtrav

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