VicRoads is offering Transport Technology grants to industry from a pool of $4.5 million over three years.
VicRoads is seeking proposals from industry for technology trials that could facilitate the introduction and operation of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) applications. A key focus of any proposal must be on the potential safety, mobility and environmental benefits.
When assessing these proposals, VicRoads will also consider how each proposal aligns with the national framework being established to support CAV.
Expressions of interest invited by on 15th April 2016.
VicRoads is inviting industry to submit an expression of interest application by 16th April 2016 to participate in the Transport Technology Industry Grant Program in any of the three areas below:
- Connected and Automated Vehicles
- Improved integration between:
- connected vehicles and road infrastructure and
- road infrastructure and public transport
- Travel information and journey decisions
VicRoads also reserves the right not to make any grants or to seek further expressions of interest if it reasonably considers that the applications received do not meet the outcomes and objectives of the program.
Applicants should note that VicRoads is concurrently undertaking a number of projects that involve improving and implementing Travel App technology and information.
Transport Integration Project Objectives
The Transport Technology Industry (Industry) grants are structured to enable VicRoads (where appropriate) to work with industry to drive and develop support for the adoption and integration of transport technologies that will help VicRoads meet its Transport Integration Act objectives of:
- Reducing traffic congestion and improve traffic flow
- Reducing road crashes
- Improving the integration between transport modes
- Improving environmental sustainability
- Improving traveller information to enable choices of alternative transport modes
The Transport Technology Industry Grant Program will enable VicRoads and industry to undertake a range of trials and assessments to clarify the current and new infrastructure technology needed to optimise the road network and safety benefits that technology brings to the driver, road users and the overall transport network.
VicRoads is currently involved in the process to form the iMove Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) that will focus on development and deployment of new technologies to improve transport and mobility of people and freight. The projects that are awarded a grant may be invited to participate in the iMove CRC.
Who can apply?
The intended audience for the Transport Technology Industry Grant Program is the companies, industry bodies and other organisation that can to drive and develop support for the adoption and integration of transport technologies to meet current and emerging transport infrastructure demands and advance road safety.
In the context of this grant program, the term transport technologies encompasses traditional road-side systems such as:
- traffic signals,
- electronic guidance and directional systems,
- advanced driver assist systems,
- traffic management systems extending through to interconnected navigation systems installed in individual vehicles,
- Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) applications involving vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle communications
The Transport Technology Industry Grant Program framework is being established to engage industry to position Victoria as a world leader in deploying technologies to optimise the road network, travel demands and road safety. These have a particular focus in the lead up to 23rd ITS World Congress to be held in Melbourne in October 2016.
Grant Proposal requirements
To assist VicRoads in evaluating an industry project proposal the following information will need to be provided:
- A clearly defined and articulated project proposal. The project proposal needs to align with the strategic and technical principles outlined in Appendix A1 and Appendix A2.
- Define the project proposal objectives, outcomes, timelines, stakeholder engagement (Appendix B) and deliverables.
- Outline the transport technologies, including the interface requirements with current and new roadside infrastructure, traffic management systems and other intelligence interfaces.
- The benefits and value to VicRoads and TAC that are expected to be delivered through the project proposal. In developing a benefits realisation plan, measurement settings are based upon realistic targets that are quantifiable and be focused on outcomes. The Benefits are Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Timely (SMART). Refer to Appendix C.
The method or research used to estimate the benefits covering the areas:
- Road safety
- Reduction in traffic congestion and improve traffic flow
- Improved travel time
- Environmental e.g. reduction fuel, reduction in CO emissions
- Traveller information.
- The trial structure ability to contribute to research needed to develop the understanding of how transport technologies will support road safety, human machine interface, technology architecture, and data requirements. Refer to Appendix D.
- Assessment of the risk that may occur as result of any trial and mitigation measures needed to manage the risks, including during any on-roads trials. Refer to Appendix E.
- Project proposal funding requirement and structure including in-kind support and industry contribution to enable the trial to proceed.
High-level timeline schedule of activities that cover the following stages:
- Planning the project and any trial
- Setting up and implementation of the trail
- Regular project reporting against identified milestones
- The actual trial period, including key milestones
- Trial analysis.
- Trial location and reasoning for selecting the location.
- Project Governance, proposed project governance structure and monitoring regime including business organisation and corporate status.
- Past experience with similar projects, provide details of similar project over the last 5 years. Refer to Appendix F.
- Funding available:
Grants are meant to assist, rather than wholly fund, a project. Those who receive grants should be prepared to meet some of the expense of their project from resources other than those provided by VicRoads.
Grants are designed to cover the duration of the proposal but will be subject to meeting all key milestones and outcomes throughout the project.
All applications for the Transport Technology Grant Program should be completed, including the Application Form and Appendices (A – F) that are available, in MS Word, on VicRoads website at Tenders Advertised..
Each grant application should relate to one project only. Applicants requesting support for two or more projects should submit a separate application for each one.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement with VicRoads. A copy of the Grant Agreement is attached to this Grant Program document and available on VicRoads website at Tenders Advertised.
Applications are to be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 15th April 2016.
Proposal Evaluation Process
Each project proposal will evaluate against the following criteria:
- The project proposal alignment with the Strategic and Technical principles
- The project benefits realisation plan
- Integration of the proposed technologies with VicRoads current architecture
- The project funding structure, including government and industry contribution and participation
- Project feasibility
- Implementation timelines
- Risk levels and mitigation
- Road Network implementation feasibility, e.g. legislative or policy frameworks
- Project Experience Reference
VicRoads will assemble an evaluation panel (the Panel) of suitably qualified members to assess and evaluate applications against the proposal requirements and the items listed in Appendix A to F. These members will be drawn from VicRoads, TAC and Austroads.
It is anticipated that no interviews will be held and the decision of the Panel will be based entirely on the applicant’s proposal as submitted.
The decision of the Panel is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
For further details
For further details, please contact:
Smarter Journeys Project Manager – Marianne Robertson
(ph) 03 9091 1737 or (m) 0476 830 753, (e) email@example.com
Manager ITS Infrastructure & Systems – Wayne Harvey
(ph) 03 9093 1461, (m) 0439 394 016, (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
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