Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program
Federal Highway Administration (FHA)
The AID Demonstration provides 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.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
This program funds State DOTs, Federal Land Management Agencies, and federally-recognized tribal governments. Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments must apply through the State DOT as a sub-recipient.
The program seeks projects that directly address climate change in addition to the top priority of safety. Applicants are required to provide a brief description of how climate change was considered in the planning stage, and how the project reduces greenhouse gas emissions and supports state or local Climate Action Plans. Consider exploring the use of green cement, focusing on creating dedicated lanes for buses and vanpools, and prioritizing HOV lanes. This could also be used to expand access for hybrid, plug-in, and fully electric vehicles, such as building out HOV lanes to also enable hybrid and electric vehicles or investing in electric vehicle supply equipment to charge electric vehicles at dedicated highway rest stops.
Applicants need to submit a brief description of how environmental justice screening tools were employed. The program also seeks rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure.
Competitive projects must be a pilot deployment for the applicant of a proven innovation previously deployed by others.
For information on prior awardees, see this map and press release here: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/grants/projects/ https://cms8.fhwa.dot.gov/newsroom/fhwa-provides-56-million-accelerate-innovative-highway-projects-seven-states