$10 million for road safety innovation

There will be $10 million up for grabs to help fund innovative research and technology developments aimed at enhancing road safety and reducing road trauma.

This funding is part of Round 2 of the Australian Government’s $12 million Road Safety Innovation Fund. With applications open until March 29, 2021.

“Improving safety on our roads is critically important – even one death or serious injury on our roads is one too many, and last year 1,106 Australians lost their life to road crashes,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

“The Government is serious about driving down death and serious injury on our roads and we are committed to achieving Vision Zero – zero deaths and serious injuries by 2050.”

He said that the Road Safety Innovation Fund is only one example of a suite of current government programs aimed at driving improvements to road safety.

“Those programs include $4 million for the Road Safety Awareness and Enablers Fund, $2 billion Road Safety Program, $8 million Driver Reviver Site Upgrades Program and $5.5 million for a Road Safety Data Hub,” McCormack added.

“We’re upgrading roads and developing the knowledge and expertise to improve road safety even further.”

The Road Safety Innovation Fund will target innovative projects designed to further reduce deaths and serious injuries on Australian roads and help create a safe and sustainable road transport system.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz urged any organisations with an interest in road safety research and technology development to apply for the funding.

“With $10 million available over the next three years, potential projects can include new technologies and delivery techniques, road safety management initiatives or research to develop policy and improve road safety outcomes,” Buchholz said.

“Eligible areas could include regional and remote road safety, vehicle safety, vulnerable road users and risky road use.

“Under Round 1 of the program, 13 projects totalling $2 million were funded, ranging from crash prediction models, improving night visibility of signs and boosting heavy vehicle safety by trialling automated inspection capabilities.”

Applications for Round 2 of Road Safety Innovation Fund. Can be made by clicking here.

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