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Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration

The AID Demonstration provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation.

Every Day Counts logoFHWA encourages the use of AID Demonstration to promote the deployment of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiatives, which provides ways of improving the work of highway planning, design, construction and operation.

Program Background

The AID program is one aspect of the multi-faceted Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) approach providing funding and other resources to offset the risk of trying an innovation.

The AID Demonstration funds are available for any project eligible for assistance under title 23, United States Code. An eligible project may involve any aspect of highway transportation that addresses the TIDP goals. Projects eligible for funding shall include proven innovative practices or technologies such as those included in the EDC initiative. Innovations may include infrastructure and non-infrastructure strategies or activities, which the applicant or the subrecipient intends to implement and adopt as a significant improvement from the applicant's or the subrecipient's conventional practice.

States are also encouraged to use Section 1304 of MAP-21 "Innovative Project Delivery Methods" (23 U.S.C. 120(c)(3)) to increase the Federal share on these projects by up to 5 percent. Information on the "Innovative Project Delivery Methods" provision is available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/qandas/qaipd.cfm.

Program Funding

On a rolling basis, FHWA will award AID Demonstration funds to multiple projects that meet the criteria for eligibility, requirements, and selection. Information on awarded projects will be posted on this webpage in the "current projects" section.

  • The amount of the award may be up to the full cost of the innovation in the project, but only to a maximum of $1,000,000.
  • Funding award goals (will be reviewed annually and may be adjusted):
    • up to $14,000,000 to State DOTs
    • up to $1,000,000 to Federal Land Management Agencies and tribal governments
  • Funds will be allocated upon award selection.

Subject to the number of eligible applications and the availability of funds, awards are limited to:

  • Three awards per innovation
  • State DOTs: up to two projects per applicant
    • Up to one to State DOT
    • Up to one to subrecipient
  • Federal Land Management Agencies and tribal governments: one project per applicant.

Eligibility and Requirements

Eligible Entity

The following entities are eligible to apply for the AID Demonstration funding through Grants.gov:

  • State DOTs
    • Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments may apply through State DOTs as subrecipients.
  • Federal Land Management Agencies
  • Tribal governments
    • Consistent with other FHWA funding provided to tribes, federally recognized tribes identified on the list of "Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs" (published at 77 FR 47868) are eligible to apply.

The applicant must indicate willingness to:

  • participate in monitoring and evaluation activities regarding the effectiveness of the innovation(s) and subsequent technology transfer and information dissemination activities associated with the project;
  • accept FHWA oversight of the project; and
  • conduct a before and after customer satisfaction determination for construction projects.

Award recipient must:

  • Obligate the awarded funds to the project within 6 months of allocation.
  • Work with FHWA on the development and implementation of a plan to collect information and report on the project's performance with respect to the relevant outcomes that are expected to be achieved through the innovation in the project.
  • Report on specified performance indicators for the project. Performance indicators will be identified for each project, and will consider the individual project's stated goals as well as resource constraints of the recipient. Performance indicators will not include formal goals or targets, but will include baseline measures as well as post-project outputs, and will inform the AID Demonstration program in working towards best practices, programmatic performance measures, and future decision making guidelines.
  • Submit a final report within 6 months of project completion which documents the process, benefits, and lessons learned including development/refinement of guidance, specifications or other tools/methods to support rapid adoption of the innovation(s) as standard practice.

Eligible Project

  • Project must be eligible for Federal-aid highway assistance under Title 23, United States Code.
  • Eligible projects may be in any aspect of highway transportation including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction that address TIDP goals.
  • The project must be initiated within 6 months of applying for AID Demonstration funding.
  • An eligible project shall include an innovation that:
    • must be proven in real-world application with documented benefits* (in a form that is publicly available or verifiable)
    • not routinely used by the applicant or the subrecipient, and
    • applicant or subrecipient intends to implement and adopt as a significant improvement from the applicant's or the subrecipient's conventional practice.
  • Initially, awards are limited to three projects per innovation.
  • Project applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.

*The FHWA encourages the use of innovations included in the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative. Examples and benefits of EDC innovations are included on the EDC website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/.

Program Guidance

Please use this document as a reference that elaborates and provides additional guidance on the AID Demonstration Program.

March 5, 2014 webinar: Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration: Final Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Here is the presentation used in the webinar.

Please check the NOFA to learn more about the selection criteria, application requirements and evaluation process.

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for AID Demonstration

The final NOFA published on February 19, 2014 requests grant applications for the AID Demonstration. The final notice also announces selection criteria, application requirements, and technical assistance with grants.gov during the grant solicitation period for the AID Demonstration.

Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP)

TIDP includes three initiatives: accelerated innovation deployment (AID), future strategic highway research program (SHRP 2), and accelerated implementation and deployment of pavement technologies. The TIDP relates to all aspects of highway transportation including planning, financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction. Full Text

TIDP provides technical assistance to researchers, developers, and deployers and assists with development of improved tools and methods to accelerate the adoption of proven innovative practices and technologies as standard practices. Per Section 52003 of MAP-21and 503(c) of 23 U.S.C., the following are the TIDP goals:

  • Significantly accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies by the surface transportation community.
  • Provide leadership and incentives to demonstrate and promote state-of-the-art technologies, elevated performance standards, and new business practices in highway construction processes that result in improved safety, faster construction, reduced congestion from construction, and improved quality and user satisfaction.
  • Construct longer-lasting highways through the use of innovative technologies and practices that lead to faster construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges.
  • Improve highway efficiency, safety, mobility, reliability, service life, environmental protection, and sustainability.
  • Develop and deploy new tools, techniques, and practices to accelerate the adoption of innovation in all aspects of highway transportation.

Current Projects

Information on projects awarded AID Demonstration grant funding to date.


AID Demonstration Award Recipient Provides Opportunity for Others to Learn About Innovations
The Dickinson County Road Commission is sharing their experience with hot–in–place (HIP) recycled pavement and warm mix asphalt (WMA) innovations as part of their Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration project on Pine Mountain Road – Westwood Avenue in the city of Kingsford, Michigan. The HIP recycled pavement and WMA innovations are cost effective, more environmentally friendly, and save time. On August 26, 51 local & state officials representing Michigan DOT and various counties, cities, and villages in both Michigan & Wisconsin came to view the project and learn about the process. Read more of the local news story

Memorial Bridge “Living Bridge” Project is Growing
The Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine may soon become a benchmark for assessing the long-term condition of transportation infrastructure.  Read more

How to Apply?

Applications for AID Demonstration funding must be submitted through Grants.gov

Applicants need to be registered with Grants.gov to apply. For information on the Grants.gov Registration Process click here

A complete AID Demonstration application consists of:

  1. Standard Form 424 (SF 424) Application for Federal Assistance
  2. narrative attachment to the SF 424.

Apply at grants.gov
Search for FHWA-2013-0048

Two references for Applicants:

Here are two tools to help applicants complete the AID Demonstration application:

Program Contact:

  • Ewa Flom, Program Manager, Center for Accelerating Innovation, (202) 366-2169


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