This guidance should be read together with our Grants Policy which clearly sets out the guidelines for funding and how bids to the Trust will be assessed.

The Road Safety Trust (RST) is not prescriptive about the kinds of road safety projects to which it may offer grant support. It is, however, committed to supporting above all projects that are innovative and will enhance the knowledge and practice of the road safety community. It is unlikely to fund projects that seek to continue core activity by the applicant organisation or that have previously been funded by statutory bodies.

Successful bids are likely to arise from a wide range of applications that are in accord with its grants policy and with its charitable objectives. Education, enforcement and/or engineering approaches are likely to underpin successful applications. Bids might therefore propose to trial the impacts of new street layouts and/or features, roads signing, roads policing initiatives or offender education schemes or for the trials of tools likely to lead to the enhancement of road safety.

The differing nature of proposals means that there is no standard application form. However, applicants should include the following headings in their applications:

  • Research and/or project objectives.
  • Project deliverables
  • Road safety benefits to the road user community
  • Project methodology including ethical and privacy issues
  • Knowledge of the relevant literature or practice
  • Project structure and management, including a clear timetable for the project
  • Experience of the project team
  • Financial aspects, including a clear breakdown of costs and the proportion of total cost requested from the Trust
  • Plans for dissemination and/or publication
  • Proposed methods and timetable for evaluation of the achievement of the project’s objectives and impact
  • Innovation
  •  Next steps –  e.g. further development, replication of results, roll-out or the potential for sustainability

Eligible Costs: A budget for the total cost of the project should be provided, indicating the source of other funding.  Requests for 100% of project costs will not be supported. Costs should be clearly set out with overheads and indirect costs shown separately and not included elsewhere such as in salary costs or rates. Grants are for project costs rather than core funding.  We do not normally expect to pay overheads or indirect costs but in some cases may pay a proportion of these.

Normal applications should amount to no more than 5 sides of A4 (11-point type) with appendices as necessary. The application should identify the accountable body for the project and main contact and provide full contact details. CVs should be submitted for all (or at the very least key) team personnel of up to one page highlighting relevant publications if appropriate.

For longer or more complex projects, a GANTT chart should be included, showing planned start and end dates of all project elements. For other applications, there should be a clear indication of which tasks will be undertaken by specific members of the team and how long these will take. The Trust is not prescriptive in this aspect, anticipating that the nature of the proposal will determine how much information will be provided by applicants.

Payment will be made upon satisfactory progress of the project and at key milestones. Applicants should identify such milestones in their application and indicate a preferred payment timetable.

A table outlining the risks to the project, their likelihood and potential impact and proposed mitigation measures should be included as an appendix to the application.

If relevant, privacy and ethical issues should be considered identifying clear procedures in regard to access to and confidentiality and safekeeping of datasets and personal details, and access to intended participants.

Applications will be accepted on-line from 8th March 2017.

The Trust is committed to the publication of all research projects or project reports to which it makes a financial contribution. Should grant holders fail to achieve publication of the outcomes of the project, the Trust retains the right to publish the work on its website to ensure dissemination. Any project will also be expected to be disseminated via a Plain English summary document that will be widely available.

The Trust will liaise with successful bidders throughout the project to monitor progress of the work and to ensure that funds allocated are achieving value for money.

Data Protection. In submitting your application for funding, you are confirming that you have the agreement of any individuals identified within it for the Road Safety Trust to hold their personal data while the project is assessed for funding and following any agreement to fund. The Trust will use this information only for the purposes of assessing your application and of managing or monitoring any grant awarded and related administration or research purposes. The Trust is a data controller and is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as required under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Trust will only process any personal data in accordance with the Trust’s registration and current data protection legislation. The Trust will expect that you, as the applicant, are responsible for ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and registration as necessary while any project undertaken by you is under way.