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AID Demonstration Grants Available

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

FHWA encourages the use of AID Demonstration to promote the deployment of the Every Day Counts (EDC) innovations, which provide 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. Get information on the "Innovative Project Delivery Methods" provision.

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 Every Day Counts.

How to Apply

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

Applicants must be registered with Grants.gov to apply.
Registration process information can be found on their website.

A complete AID Demonstration application must include:

  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:

  1. Program Guidance
  2. Application Information

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

  1. Sample SF 424 which highlights the standard information and required fields
  2. Template for the Narrative Attachment to SF 424


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

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

Contact Us

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


Information on awarded AID Demonstration grant funding.

AID Demonstration Projects map


Federal Highway Administration Awards $6.4 Million to Tribal Government and Six States to Speed Innovative Projects
More than $6.4 million in grants from the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program will fund innovative projects in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Rhode Island, as well as the Pueblo of Acoma tribal government in New Mexico. The grants will be used to improve safety, mobility and project delivery and will encourage similar innovations nationwide.

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.

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