The Global Road Safety Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of the Round 17 Call for Proposals under the Road Safety Grants Programme. In Round 17, GRSP will accept applications for advocacy to strengthen road user policies as well as vehicle safety standards.

Bloomberg Philanthropies funds the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries. A competitively awarded grants programme is an important part of the initiative. The Road Safety Grants Programme is managed by the Global Road Safety Partnership, one of the implementing partners of BIGRS, and supports projects to develop and deliver high-impact, evidence-based road safety interventions designed to strengthen road safety policies and their implementation.

A number of evidence-based interventions aimed at reducing road traffic deaths and injuries are included in BIGRS. The Road Safety Grants Programme focuses exclusively on the passage and implementation of evidence-based policies which address key behavioural risk factors (speeding, drink driving, lack of seatbelt use, lack of child restraint use, or lack of helmet use) and vehicle safety standards.

What kind of projects will be funded?

Proposals must focus on policy reform or policy implementation that will lead to substantial reductions in road traffic injuries and deaths. The Road Safety Grants Programme supports organizations advocating for passage and implementation of comprehensive policies (legislation, regulations, standards, etc.) to address road user behavioural risk factors and vehicle safety. In particular:

Road User Behavioural Risk Factors

  • Speed: A speed limit law with a maximum urban speed limit of 50km/h and the power of local authorities to reduce speed limits to ensure safe speeds locally.
  • Drink driving: A national drink-driving law based on Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05g/dl or lower for the general population and a BAC of 0.02g/dl or lower for novice drivers.
  • Helmets: A helmet law that applies to all drivers and passengers, on all roads and all engine types and requires the helmet to be fastened and which makes reference to a particular helmet standard.
  • Seat-belts: A seat-belt law that applies to all private vehicle occupants in front and rear seats
  • Child restraints: A child restraint law based on age, weight or height and the existence of a law that applies age and height restrictions to a child sitting in the front seat.

Vehicle Safety

Support strengthening vehicle safety regulations and ensure that the following five safety regulations are applied to light duty vehicles:

  • Occupant protection in front collisions
  • Occupant protection in lateral collisions
  • Seat belts and seat belt anchorages
  • Electronic stability control
  • Pedestrian protection

The Road Safety Grants Programme also supports organizations to support the implementation of policies to address road user behavioural risk factors and vehicle safety. Some approaches might include:

  • Social marketing and media activities to raise public awareness of legislation and on-going enforcement of it.
  • Support efforts to adopt and implement effective regulations, such as helmet standards, child restraint standards or vehicle safety standards
  • Support a government-led effort to develop an implementation plan, which might include organizing a multi-sectoral coordinating committee; advocating for establishment and allocation of a budget that will ensure effective implementation
  • Increase consumer awareness of and demand for vehicle safety

What kind of projects will NOT be funded?

  • The Road Safety Grants Programme does not fund education programmes (school-based or otherwise). It does not fund basic research or academic studies. Nor does it fund the purchase of equipment or funding of road infrastructure.
  • Systematic surveys of compliance of road safety policies as well as projects to strengthen health data collection are being undertaken separately with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and are not funded through the Road Safety Grants Programme.

Funding Information

  • Proposals can be submitted for grants up to a maximum amount of 120,000 Swiss francs (CHF) for a project of no more than 24 months.
  • Funding requests should be consistent with the scope and capacity of your organization. Cost reasonableness is a factor in the consideration of proposals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the nominated countries can apply for grants within the following parameters:
    • Governmental organizations with relevant authority over road safety policy and/or its implementation. Road police and military agencies are not eligible to apply.
    • Non-governmental organizations (including but not limited to civil society organizations and educational institutions) with relevant advocacy experience on policy reform and/or its implementation
  • Additionally,
    • Applicants must be registered legal entities in the country of project delivery, capable of entering into contractual arrangements, receiving foreign funds, and assuming legal and financial obligations.
    • Applicants cannot be recipients of financial support from alcohol, firearms, pornography, or tobacco industries.
    • The Road Safety Grants Programme does not fund individuals.
    • If you are a current grantee organization, please discuss development of a Concept Note with your focal person in GRSP.

For more information, visit Road Safety.

Name of the Organisation
The Global Road Safety Partnership
Grant Amount
CHF 120,000
Closing date of Proposal
Monday, 8 June, 2020
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