Opportunity number
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) - Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration
Due date
Sep 30, 2020 The FHWA will use an open, rolling solicitation.
Project funding
$10M available each fiscal year through 2020
Program funding
$67.5M total funding available through 2020
Funding size
$5M to $25M

Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) – Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The AID Demonstration provides incentive funding for activities eligible for assistance in any phase of a highway transportation project between project planning and project delivery including: Planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction that address the TIDP goals:

  • Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community
  • Provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction
  • Construct longer lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges
    Improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability
  • Develop and deploy new tools, techniques, and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation. Eligible activities include all activities leading to the demonstration of the innovative MOD and transit integration concept, such as planning and developing business models, obtaining equipment and service, acquiring/developing software and hardware interfaces to implement the project, and operating the demonstration.

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What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Electronic applications must be received at grants.gov. The project must be authorized within 6 months of applying for AID Demonstration funding. Completed applications will be evaluated and award determinations made on a rolling basis until the program ends or funding is no longer available.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) State DOTs, Federal Land Management Agencies, and tribal governments. Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments may apply through State DOTs as subrecipients.

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Arizona Department of Transportation, Innovation: Light Emitting Diode (LED) Tunnel Lighting, Grant Award: $1,000,000, Tentative construction start: Oct. 2015 Duration: 150 Days. The Arizona DOT (ADOT) will install a new light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system in the Queen Creek Tunnel near Superior, Arizona to provide improved highway safety and efficiency along US 60. The adaptive control system will allow for status monitoring of luminaires, assisting in evaluating when and how much maintenance is necessary within the tunnel, saving time, money, and traffic disruptions.

(ii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Innovation: e-Construction, Grant Award $456,450. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will deploy e-Construction for mobile project inspection. AID funding will mitigate the risk for the demonstration mobile project inspection program for e-Construction, help ALDOT establish a mobile project inspection program, and provide significant benefits for ALDOT construction, materials, structures, and pavements. This demonstration program will allow ALDOT to evaluate the usage and implementation of a tablet, smart phone or other electronic device to streamline the project inspection process and demonstrate the benefits of real time interaction between field personnel and all levels of ALDOT management.

(iii) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Innovation: Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS)/Traveler Information System (TIS) including 511, Grant Award: $1,000,000 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and Maine Department of Transportation referred to as “Tri-State” have agreed to work collaboratively to implement an ATMS and TIS including 511. The System will allow Tri-State to monitor and share transportation data and management of transportation infrastructure and ITS devices as well as provide state of the art traveler information services to the public. The use of the technology in Tri-State and New England by sharing data from all involved from one central location, the Data Hub.

(iv) Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) Innovation: Advanced Traffic Monitoring, Project Aspect: System Monitoring and Management, Grant Award: $981,780. The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) will implement corridor level blue tooth (BT) monitoring device deployment on up to five (5) transportation corridors in Chittenden County to establish real time systems management information which will be utilized by the VTrans Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) and Traveler Information System (TIS) through the State Traffic Operations Center (TOC). This BT monitoring deployment will provide the opportunity to deliver real time traffic monitoring and communication (through the VTrans TOC, ATMS, and TIS) including travel times, average travel speeds, start of congestion, and crash avoidance areas – enhancing safety, mobility, reducing congestion and congestion-related vehicle emissions in the region.

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