Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration
CSFA Number: 494-00-1661
Agency Name
Department Of Transportation (494)
Agency Contact
Travis Bounds
Short Description
The AID Demonstration program provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. The AID Demonstration program is one initiative under the multi-faceted Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) approach providing funding and other resources to offset the risk of trying an innovation.
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) ACT PL NO 114-94
Objectives and Goals
To carry out the highway research and development program as authorized by the FAST Act. To conduct research needed to maintain and improve our vital transportation infrastructure.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Projects must (A) Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community; (B) provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction; (C) construct longer-lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges; (D) improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability; and (E) develop and deploy new tools, techniques, and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation. The AID Demonstration is one aspect of the multifaceted TIDP approach and provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of proven innovation in highway transportation.
Eligibility Requirements
The AID Demonstration provides incentive funding for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption by the applicant of proven innovation in highway transportation. Section 502(b)(3) of title 23, U.S.C., authorizes the Secretary to award grants to a wide range of entities. The FHWA will provide AID Demonstration grants to eligible State DOTs, Federal Land Management Agencies, and tribal governments. These entities are the most likely to fulfill the deployment goals of the AID Demonstration program, since they are actively engaged in the deployment of new technologies. Consistent with other FHWA funding provided to tribes, any federally recognized tribe identified on the list of “Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs” (published at 77 FR 47868) is eligible to apply for AID Demonstration. Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments may apply through the State DOT as a subrecipient.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Application Deadline: Rolling Application Process
The FHWA will use an open, rolling solicitation, until the program ends or funding is no longer available. Project readiness will be treated as primary selection criteria in FHWA's evaluation process. The project must be authorized within 6 months of applying for AID Demonstration funding. An eligible project must be a pilot deployment for the applicant of a proven innovation previously deployed by others and align with the previously described TIDP goals. The innovation must be proven in real-world highway transportation application with documented benefits (in a form that is publicly available or verifiable), not routinely used by the applicant or the subrecipient, and represent a significant improvement from the applicant's or the subrecipient's conventional practice. The FHWA encourages the use of innovations included in the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative. Please go to the following link to see examples and benefits of EDC innovations:
Assistance Consideration
This program has no statutory formula. Funda are available at an 80 percent federal share, which requires a minimum mandatory 20 percent cost share. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program
Post Assistance Requirements
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Additional Information regarding the AID Deployment program can be found at
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2018 : $10,000,000
FY 2019 : $150,000,000
FY 2020 : $150,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities