Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) discretionary grant program with $100 million appropriated annually for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026.
The SMART program was established to provide grants to eligible public sector agencies to conduct demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems in order to improve transportation efficiency and safety.
FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is now closed
The deadline for applications was November 18, 2022 at 5 PM ET. Award announcements are expected to be made in early 2023.
FY22 SMART Application Statistics and Timeline (Updated January 2023)
USDOT received a total of 392 application submissions to the FY22 SMART Grants Program. The average amount of funding requested was $1,541,154. To allow time to give each application a full and fair review, the U.S. Department of Transportation expects SMART awards to be announced in the first half of 2023.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
- a State;
- a political subdivision of a State;
- a Tribal government;
- a public transit agency or authority;
- a public toll authority;
- a metropolitan planning organization; and
- a group of 2 or more eligible entities detailed above, applying through a single lead applicant.
Which Projects are Eligible?
A SMART grant may be used to carry out a project that demonstrates at least one of the following:
- Coordinated automation
- Connected vehicles
- Systems integration
- Innovative aviation
- Smart grid
- Traffic signals
What are Potential Examples of SMART Projects?
The SMART Grants Program funds purpose-driven innovation to build data and technology capacity and expertise for State, local, and Tribal governments. Communities should target their real-world challenges where the use of new technologies and approaches can create benefits.
See Illustrative Use Cases for some examples of projects that could be funded through the program, but note that these are not exhaustive – SMART expects to see proposed projects that demonstrate an understanding of local needs and advance purpose-driven innovation.