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Rural Autonomous Vehicle Research Program

12/13/23 - USDOT Releases NOFO for RAV : Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)for first-of-its-kind Rural Autonomous Vehicle (RAV) Research Program. $25 million for two awards to accredited non-profit institutions of higher education , or consortia thereof, as cooperative agreements on a competitive basis, to conduct research and to work with rural and Tribal communities to address the challenges of bringing the benefits of responsible integration of automated vehicles and associated technologies for air and surface mobility to rural and Tribal communities. An informational webinar for interested university applicants will be held in January 2024. Closes March 13, 2024. 

While the NOFO states the Letter of Intent (LOI) should be submitted to, we would like applicants to submit the LOI by email to 

Informational Webinar for the Rural Autonomous Vehicle Program NOFO: January 19, 2024 11am-12:15pm ET USDOT held an informational webinar via zoom for interested applicants for the RAV NOFO listed above. Recording of the webinar is now available. Passcode: Vq=N7j73

Q&As about the competition are posted on the RAV NOFO Questions and Answers page.