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Transportation Research Board accepting 'IDEA' proposals for safety, performance


The Transportation Research Board (TRB) currently is accepting IDEA proposals for funding projects that support innovative approaches to improving railroad safety or performance. IDEA stands for “Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis.” Managed by TRB, the Safety IDEA program is funded by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Safety IDEA proposals can be considered for the development or testing of “promising but unproven innovations to advance railroad practice,” according to a prepared statement. Proposals can focus on applications for any type of railroad — high speed, intercity passenger or freight. Proposals are due Sept. 7.    

Instructions for preparing and submitting IDEA proposals are available on the IDEA website: — click on the IDEA “Program Announcement” link, which provides a pdf document, and then turn to page 8.

Selected proposals can receive up to $100,000 in IDEA funds. Questions about preparing an IDEA proposal? Email or call TRB’s Harvey Berlin: or 202-334-2441.

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