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Identifying Countermeasures to Protect Roadside Service and Incident Response Personnel

Grants to USA and Canada Organizations and Agencies for Research
Related to the Safety of Roadside Service Personnel and Responders

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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Deadline Date:

07/08/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA and Canada agencies, NGOs, private foundations, for-profit organizations, and IHEs, for research that will evaluate safety measures for roadside service personnel and responders. Funding is intended to reduce the incidence of injuries and deaths among roadside responders. The AAA Foundation envisions that the objectives of this research could be met through multiple methods, including but not limited to literature review, analysis of existing data, controlled experiments, field evaluations, observational studies, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

The objectives of this research are:
- Identify and assess the effectiveness of one or more countermeasures to enhance the safety of roadside service and incident response personnel. Emergency vehicle lighting is being evaluated by another AAA research project, so efforts should focus on traffic management or other important countermeasures.
- Assess compliance with safety protocols and proper use of safety equipment among roadside service and incident response personnel, and identify factors associated with compliance and non-compliance.

Roadside service and incident response personnel, such as towing, police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel, are at-risk of being struck by passing motorists while responding to disabled vehicles, crashes, and other roadway incidents. Being struck while performing their jobs is one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities for roadside responders. More than 250 people, including stranded motorists as well as first responders, are killed each year on the road or roadside while attending to traffic incidents or disabled vehicles. The proposed research aims to improve the safety of roadside responders attending to roadway incidents.

Importantly, even with policies or protocols aimed at enhancing safety in place, roadside responders might not consistently adhere to guidelines or make use of available safety equipment. For example, following guidelines might add time to the roadside response or conflict with the ease or convenience of alternate approaches. Understanding factors associated with compliance with safety guidelines is, therefore, an important consideration.

Proposals are assessed based on three criteria: innovation, approach, and team experience and supporting research environment. For additional information about these criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186141

Estimated Size of Grant:

The AAA Foundation has an annual budget of a few million dollars to fund all projects. Historically, projects have ranged from a few hundred thousand dollars to several million for multi-year studies.

Term of Contract:

The AAA Foundation envisions that a project of the intended scale would likely take approximately 12-15 months to complete.

For planning purposes, assume a January 7, 2020 start date and an end date of December 31, 2020 (or whatever appropriate end date, in cases of longer, multi-year project proposals). Note that actual dates will be determined at the contract agreement stage.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The AAA Foundation is seeking research teams that can provide objective and impartial research. Eligibility is open to any organizations qualified to do the work. However, for practical considerations, an organization outside of the U.S. should detail how regular project status meetings with AAA Foundation staff will take place.

Eligible applicants include government agencies, private foundations, for-profit organizations, universities and colleges, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT.

The Foundation will accept questions until 5:00 PM EDT, May 31, 2019. Answers will be posted on the AAA Foundation website no later than 5:00 PM EDT, June 7, 2019.

Notifications on proposals selected for funding are expected to go out in December 2019. Funding for selected proposals will be available beginning in January 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit completed proposals to, with the subject line, "2020 Proposal."

If you have questions email them to the address above, and enter "Questions" in the subject line.

AAA Foundation
607 14th Street NW, Suite 201
Washington DC 20005

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