Funding for rail innovators: 2020 Rail Safety IDEA proposals due September 15

TRB is accepting proposals for the 2020 Rail Safety Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program, which supports the development and testing of innovative concepts and methods for advancing transit practice. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 15, 2020.

The Rail Safety IDEA Program provides funding at an early stage of the development process for promising but unproven innovative concepts or methods. Proposals are permitted up to $100,000 in IDEA funds.

The 2020 IDEA Program Announcement, which includes instructions for preparing and submitting IDEA proposals, is also available on the IDEA website at The Announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals can be submitted, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals. The Rail Safety IDEA Annual Progress Reports are also a great resource.

Questions about preparing Rail Safety IDEA proposals can be addressed to Velvet Basemera-Fitzpatrick at [email protected].

This Summary Last Modified On: 8/19/2020

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