Stantec Generation AV - Grant Support

Grant Support

Grant Program support and consulting with Stantec GenerationAV

The autonomous vehicle (AV) and transportation mobility experts of Stantec GenerationAV™ are available to provide consulting services for grant applications, as well as partner with you to implement mobility initiatives based on grant programs awarded.

Our consulting team has the experience and expertise to help city planners, civic organizations, communities, department of transportation (DOT) stakeholders, and AV technology businesses address issues related to AVs, mobility, safety, and transportation infrastructure. 

We continually monitor the latest grant funding opportunities available at the federal, state, and regional levels to help guide our clients toward a successful AV future. Ready to start your journey? Let’s chat!

Current and recent transportation and infrastructure grant funding programs.

SMART Grants
What Projects are Eligible?

According to the SMART Grant Program notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), a SMART grant may be used to carry out a project that demonstrates at least one of the following:  

  • Coordinated automation
  • Connected vehicles
  • Sensors
  • Systems integration
  • Delivery/logistics
  • Innovative aviation
  • Smart grid
  • Traffic signals

Learn more details about eligible projects when you download the SMART Grant Facts Sheet, as provided by the DOT.

Who is Eligible to Apply for SMART Grants?

The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program provides supplemental funding grants to communities to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems in a variety of communities to improve transportation efficiency and safety

SMART Grant Award Details

According to the SMART Grant Program notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), eligible entities include: a State, a political subdivision of a State, a Tribal government, a public transit agency or authority, a public toll authority, a metropolitan planning organization, a group of two or more eligible entities (per above) applying through a single lead applicant.  There are two stages of grants.  Stage 1 grants are for planning purposes and Stage 2 grants (which will be awarded to grantees of Stage 1 grants) are for implementation.  

Funds for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 SMART Grants Program are to be awarded on a competitive basis to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart city or community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety, according to the SMART Grant Program notice of funding opportunity. USDOT expects to award between 30 and 50 Stage 1 grants of up to $2,000,000 per award. The first round application for Stage 1 grants closed November 18, 2022.  We expect there to be additional rounds for Stage 1 grants which present additional opportunities to eligible entities to apply.  

SMART Grant Illustrative Use Cases

The DOT offers a range of examples of projects that could be eligible for the SMART Grants Program. According to the SMART Grant Program notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), examples like those summarized below are not comprehensive, nor will projects that match these example use cases necessarily be selected. Projects that meet local needs are welcomed. Categories and examples include:

  • Increase worker safety and reduce crashes and traffic incidents using work zone safety technologies such as automated crash attenuators that leverage Advanced Driving Systems (ADS).
  • Protect workers and the traveling public and reduce travel delays through the implementation of the Workzone Data Exchange standard
  • Enable responsive traffic management with active grade crossing detection 
  • Improve infrastructure for all by using technology to assess infrastructure that supports mobility, including sidewalks, bus shelters, bike lanes, and curb cuts.
  • Improve equity with the integration of climate, public health, and socioeconomic data into transportation operations.
  • Improve responsiveness, flexibility, and efficiency of paratransit services with booking, scheduling, and routing systems.
  • Support local goals such as zero-emission zones or shared streets with digital tools to manage alternative approaches to last-mile delivery.
  • Reduce congestion by leveraging trajectory analysis along a corridor to adjust signal timing to current conditions.
  • Improve mobility and infrastructure resilience with tools that map and monitor environmental conditions, including roadway flooding, air quality, tree canopy, and sidewalk accessibility.
  • Support local economies, improve mobility, and reduce congestion by digitalization of curb management to optimize use across purposes and modes, including freight, pick-up drop-off, and transit usage. 
  • Address non-recurring congestion, prioritize investments for pedestrians and cyclists, or other complex problems, leveraging advanced tools such as AI and digital twins.
  • Improve the operation and management of traffic signals and develop evaluation criteria that support agency goals leveraging Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measure (ATSPM)-equipped signals.
RAISE Grants
About RAISE Grants

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program was established to fund projects to modernize transportation across the country and make it more affordable, increase safety, and strengthen supply chains.

The RAISE program is a competitive grant program for investments in surface transportation infrastructure that will have a significant local or regional impact, such as road, rail, transit and port projects. The program enables DOT to use a rigorous merit-based process to select projects with exceptional benefits, explore ways to deliver projects faster and save on construction costs, and make needed investments in our Nation’s infrastructure. 

RAISE Grant Funds were authorized under the Local and Regional Assistance Program in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

RAISE 2023

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act authorized and appropriated $1.5 billion to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for FY 2023 for Local and Regional Project Assistance Program Grants under National Infrastructure Investments. RAISE Grant Project applications for FY 2023 must be submitted by February 28, 2023.

Read the complete FY 2023 RAISE Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity here.

RAISE Grant Projects Scope

Recently, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded more than $2.2 billion from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help urban and rural communities move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and intermodal transportation and make our transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable, and more sustainable. 

For reference of project types as illustrative use cases, a full list of project awards can be found on the RAISE 2022 Award Fact Sheets

Read the full U.S Department of Transportation RAISE Discretionary Grants (2022) announcement here

Who is eligible to apply for RAISE Grants?

Eligible applicants for RAISE Grants include:

  • States and the District of Columbia
  • Any territory or possession of the United States
  • A unit of local government
  • A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more states
  • A special purpose district or public authority with a transportation function, including a port authority
  • A federally recognized Indian Tribe or a consortium of such Indian Tribes
  • A transit agency
  • A multi-state or multijurisdictional group of entities

How Stantec GenerationAV™ Can Help

The Stantec GenerationAV™ consulting team has the experience and expertise to help city planners, civic organizations, communities, and AV technology businesses address issues related to AVs, mobility, safety, transportation infrastructure. Our holistic view is beneficial to engineering, operations, and legal departments. As expert AV consultants, we advise city planners and department of transportation (DOT) stakeholders to be preparing now for a successful AV future. Learn more about our range of AV solutions