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Broad Agency Announcement

FRA’s Office of Research, Development, and 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 state and local government organizations, industry, and academia to conduct applied technology research. Submissions undergo evaluation and selection by the Office of Research, Development, and Technology. 

FRA released an FY 2021 BAA on April 12, 2021:

  • The BAA solicits concept papers for applied technology research projects to support the strategic objectives of the Office of Research, Development, and Technology in the topic areas of Track, Equipment, Train Control, Human Factors, Workforce Development, and Infrastructure Resiliency. The submission period for concept papers closes on June 4, 2021.

    For more information about the FY 2021 BAA, including program guidelines and specific research topics under consideration, visit the System for Award Management website.

For additional information on the BAA Program and other opportunities for research funding, please visit FRA’s Training and Guidance Webinars webpage and view the FRA Funding for Research Programs webinar.

Last updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2021