Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Railroad Safety Technology Program funding available

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The Rail Safety Technology Program is a newly authorized program under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA) (Pub. L.  110-432; October 16, 2008). The program authorizes the Department of Transportation to provide grants to passenger and freight rail carriers, railroad suppliers and state and local governments for projects that have a public benefit of improved railroad safety and efficiency. The program makes available $50,000,000 in Federal funds.

This grant program has a maximum 80 percent Federal and minimum 20 percent grantee cost share (cash or in-kind) match requirement.

The Federal Railroad Administration will begin accepting grant applications 10 days after publication of this Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register March 31. Applications may be submitted until July 1, 2010. Reviews will be conducted immediately following the solicitation close date. Selection announcements will be made on or around September 3, 2010.

Applications for grants under this Program must be submitted electronically to Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) following the detailed procedures in the grant application package online. The Grants.gov Web site allows organizations to find and apply electronically for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Any entity wishing to submit an application pursuant to this notice should immediately initiate the process of registering with Grants.Gov.

Those interested in responding to this solicitation are strongly encouraged to first call Dr. Mark Hartong, FRA, Senior Electronics Engineer (Phone: 202-493-1332; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or David Blackmore, FRA, Program Manager-Advanced Technologies (Phone: 312-835-3903, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), to discuss the prospective idea, its potential responsiveness to the solicitation, and potential for FRA interest. Non-technical inquiries should be directed to the Grants Officer, Jennifer Capps (Phone: 202-493-0112, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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