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Broad Agency Announcement

FRA’s Office of Research, Development & Technology is dedicated to conducting research that improves railroad safety, promotes innovation, and supports national rail transportation policy. These efforts further U.S. Department of Transportation strategic goals, FRA’s mission, and the rail industry as a whole.

FRA releases one or two Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) each year to solicit proposals on a variety of research topics that will have a direct impact on the safety and efficiency of freight and passenger rail operations in the United States. The BAA provides opportunities to government organizations, industry, and academia to conduct applied technology research. Submissions undergo evaluation and selection by the Office of Research, Development & Technology. 

There are two 2020 BAAs:

  • The BAA for Intelligent Railroad System (IRS) research is restricted to university and university-led teams as qualifying applicants. For more information about the 2020 IRS BAA, including program guidelines and specific research topics under consideration, visit the System for Award Management website.

    There are two application close dates for this announcement, depending on the type of project: for Research in Response to Strategic Research Focus (BAA Section 2) the deadline is July 31, 2020. The deadline for all other IRS BAA applications was June 26, 2020.
  • The General BAA solicits applications for applied technology research projects that will support the strategic objectives of the Office of Research, Development & Technology and its four research divisions: Track, Rolling Stock, Train Control and Communication, and Human Factors.

    The application period for this announcement closed on May 22, 2020.

For additional information on the BAA Program and other opportunities for research funding, please access a recording and presentation file of the June 16, 2020, webinar on FRA Funding for Research Programs on FRA’s Training and Guidance Webinars webpage.

Last updated: Wednesday, July 8, 2020