What is the Road Safety Innovation Fund?

The Road Safety Innovation Fund is an initiative announced by the Australian Government on 29 March 2019 as a Budget measure to support road safety research and the development of new, innovative road safety technologies and products.

The Road Safety Innovation Fund is funded from Program 2.2: Road Safety as set out in the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Portfolio Budget Statements 2019-20.



To overcome human fallibility, the Government is committed to supporting road safety research and the development of new road safety technologies and products.

The Program provides grants to fund innovative research and the development of new or improved existing road safety technologies and products to support the Safe System approach and make road safety ‘business as usual’ for all road users. The outcome areas for the Program are:

  • improving road safety in regional and remote areas;
  • reducing driver distraction and drug driving;
  • improving safety for vulnerable road users; and
  • supporting road safety research and initiatives specific to the Australian context.

The program may provide seed funding to support and pilot new evidence based initiatives or a research program, and where successful, innovations could be expanded.



The objective of the Road Safety Innovation Fund is to improve road safety outcomes in the priority outcome areas outlined below with a long-term aim being to decrease harm and trauma related road crashes on Australian roads and create a safe and sustainable road transport system with zero deaths and serious injuries.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $12 million (ex GST) over four financial years for the Road Safety Innovation Fund.

The Round 1 grant opportunity will run over four financial years from 28 April 2020 to 30 June 2023. The grant activity is expected to commence in June 2020 upon execution of grant agreements.

  • The maximum grant amount is capped at $50,000 per financial year per grant.
  • The maximum total grant amount is capped at $200,000 per grant over four financial years (2019-20 to 2022-23).


Eligible Projects

To be eligible your grant activity must:

  • relate to one or more of the priority outcome areas as per Section 2 of the Grant Guidelines
  • deliver one or more of the Safe System principles as per Section 1 of the Grant Guidelines
  • have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the grant activity and can include (but are not limited to):

  • research activities
  • development of a pilot project
  • technology and product development
  • community and stakeholder engagement activities.

You can only spend the grant to pay for:

  • staff salaries and on-costs that can be directly attributed to the provision of the grant activity as per the grant agreement
  • the portion of operating and administration expenses directly related to the grant activity as per the grant agreement, such as:
    • telephones
    • computer/ IT/website/software
    • insurance
    • utilities
    • postage
    • stationery and printing
    • accounting and auditing
    • travel/accommodation costs
    • assets as defined in the grant agreement terms and conditions that can be reasonably attributed to meeting agreement deliverables
    • evaluation of the funded grant activity to demonstrate delivery of outcomes


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST (unless exempt)
  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be located in Australia

and be one of the following entity types:

  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company incorporated by guarantee
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an incorporated association
  • a partnership
  • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • an Australian state or territory government body
  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006



Applications close 18 May 2020.


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