On September 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program, authorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This new discretionary grant program will offer up to $100 million in grants annually over the next 5 years to fund transportation projects that use data and technology to solve real-world challenges facing communities today.
State, local, and tribal governments and agencies are eligible to apply. Please note that this program has no cost sharing or matching requirement.
With up to 30 percent set aside for eligible projects that primarily benefit rural communities or regional partnerships, the SMART program will fund purpose-driven innovation and focus on building data and technology capacity and expertise. The program seeks proposals from public sector entities that will carry out demonstration projects in the following domains to address key transportation priorities:
Vehicle technology, like automation and connectivity
Systems innovation, like delivery and logistics, traffic signals, smart grid, and data integration
New ways to monitor and manage infrastructure, like sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
The deadline for applications is November 18, 2022 at 5 PM ET.