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Vulnerability Assessment Pilots Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the lead agency need to be a State DOT, MPO, or Tribe?

    Yes. The lead has to be an MPO, State DOT, FLMA, or federally recognized tribal government. The lead means that they are the primary recipient of the funds and they coordinate the overall effort.

  2. Can you provide more information on match requirements?

    The funding available for this pilot program is Title 23 Chapter 5 research funding. It requires at least a 50-50 split of funding (at least a 100% non-federal match). The match can be in-kind, including non-federally funded staff time. The match could be provided by a project partner such as a foundation or a university. Check with your Division Office for more specific information.

  3. Do Federal Lands Management Agencies need to provide a non-federal match?

    No. Federal-Lands Management Agencies may match the grant with a federal non-Title 23 match.

  4. How long should the proposal be?

    There is no minimum or maximum page length for project proposals. We recommend 10-20 pages plus any supporting documentation (such as letters of support).

  5. Can my project involve aspects of both pilot types: a vulnerability assessment and evaluation of adaptation options?

    Yes, as long as you can complete the work in 18 months.

  6. Do proposed projects have to only deal with highway transportation, or can they be multi-modal.

    Proposed pilot projects can be multi-modal.

  7. The previous pilot provided funding outside of the grants for pilot team travel to peer exchanges. Will these costs be outside the grant in this round as well?

    Yes, travel to peer exchanges for pilot program participants would be covered by FHWA outside of the grant.

Updated: 3/27/2014
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