Projects that will improve safety on the roads could receive funding up to £100,000 as part of the Road Safety Trust’s (RST) latest grant programme.
The registered charity is urging submissions of innovative ideas that offer the potential to develop new approaches to road safety.
Rob Gifford, RST chief executive, said: “Over the last year, the Trust has contributed over £1m to 11 projects around the country.
“This is new, independent funding for road safety research and practice, overseen by a board of trustees taken from the academic, public and private and policing sectors.
“I hope that more applicants will come forward for our third funding round, helping to develop good practice and learning in the road safety community.”
According to official Government figures, in the year ending September 2016, there were 25,160 people killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents.
An experienced board
The RST’s charitable objective is to support projects that will help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents.
The charity has 11 trustees on its board, including Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary, David Jamieson, West Midlands’ Police and Crime Commissioner, and Ashton West, the chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
Winning projects will be decided based on how they meet a strict 12-point criterion. These include measurable objectives, demonstrable benefits to road safety and representing value for money.
Grants for winning projects that have so far been issued by the charity include £99,500 awarded to develop the testing regulations for a safety rating scheme for cycle helmets.
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust was awarded a grant of nearly £100,000 to work with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership to explore prevention strategies by analysing crash data for collisions that have caused serious injury and death.
The grant is funded through RST’s wholly owned trading subsidiary, UKROEd.
Source: Road Safety Trust