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SMART Grants Program

Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) 

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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.

SMART is a two-stage program. Stage 1(up to $2,000,000 dollars and 18 months) grants are open for any eligible entity to apply. Recipients of Stage 1 grants will be eligible to expand their projects through Stage 2 grants (up to $15,000,000 and 36 months). Applicants must have received a Stage 1 grant to apply to Stage 2.

The FY24 Stage 1 NOFO is now closed. 

The application window for the FY24 Stage 1 NOFO is now closed. Applications were due July 12th at 5 PM ET. Late applications will not be accepted.  

To view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), click here. The NOFO is also posted on Grants.gov. USDOT anticipates this will be the final Stage 1 NOFO of the SMART Grants Program.

A webinar on How to Apply for the FY24 Stage 1 SMART Grant NOFO was held on May 28th, 2024, at 1pm ET. A recording is available under Application Webinars.

 

FY23 SMART Awards have been announced!

The 34 projects announced on March 14, 2024, span 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more details on the projects, see the SMART 2023 page, and the FY23 SMART Project List

All SMART 2023 applicants will be contacted. Successful applicants will receive an email with official grant award details notifying them of next steps. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email and feedback from reviewers.

USDOT received a total of 392 application submissions to the FY22 SMART Grant Program, and 321 to the FY23 program. The average amount of funding requested across both years was $1,518,227, and the projects selected cut across all technology areas and project types. 

Eligible projects demonstrate at least one of eight technology areas: 

Graphic showing eight eligible technology areas of SMART as mandated in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

 

SMART Awards to date

An infographic showing the total number of SMART awards awarded thus far, the total funds awarded, and the distribution of the projects nationwide.

SMART projects in the news 

Check out complete SMART Project news coverage on the SMART News Page 

Traffic Technology Today: $50 million in USDOT SMART Grants awarded – 2024 applications to open soon 

View more about the awarded projects on the SMART 2022 and 2023 pages.

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