Grants for vehicle safety standards

///Grants for vehicle safety standards

In 2017, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) expanded its Road Safety Grants Programme to support advocacy for the strengthening of national vehicle safety regulations and its implementation. According to the World Health Organization, the global vehicle fleet reached 1 billion in 2010 and is expected to double between 2025 and 2030.  This increase is largely taking place in low- and middle-income countries, which already account for nearly 90% of global deaths from road crashes.  One important avenue for addressing this road crash epidemic is to improve motor vehicle safety.

Which countries are eligible to apply?

Applications addressing national level vehicle safety regulations reform and/or vehicle safety regulations implementation will only be accepted from Mexico.

Who can apply for a grant?

Governmental and non-governmental organizations based in Mexico can apply for grants within the following parameters:

  • Governmental organizations with relevant authority over motor vehicle safety standards development and/ or 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.


  • 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.

What kind of projects will be funded?

The Road Safety Grants Programme supports efforts to strengthen 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

Grant proposals must focus on one or both of the following:

  • Advocating for improved national-level motor vehicle safety regulations. Some approaches might include:
    • Increasing consumer awareness of and demand for vehicle safety
    • Conducting political mapping and analysis of support and opposition
    • Building a coalition of stakeholders to advocate for policy reform and implementation
    • Engaging in media advocacy
    • Communicating directly with policy-makers
  • Supporting the implementation of motor vehicle safety regulations. Some approaches might include:
    • Increasing consumer awareness of and demand for vehicle safety
    • Supporting 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.

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.

How are projects selected for support?

Grants are awarded following successful selection of projects through a two-step application process.  Each competitive round will follow these steps:

  1. A Call for Proposals (CFP) is launched on the GRSP website.
  2. The CFP will detail all criteria for a successful project concept note.
  3. Concept notes fitting the eligibility criteria for organization and type of project are submitted using our online system.
  4. Eligible concept notes are reviewed and scored by a panel of experts.
  5. The advisory board selects concept notes for invitation to submission of a full proposal.
  6. Invited organizations prepare and submit a full proposal through our online system.
  7. All full proposals are reviewed and scored on a fixed set of criteria by a panel of experts.
  8. The advisory board selects proposals to be invited to negotiation for funding.

The process from launch of concept note to finalization of the negotiation may take up to 7 months.

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