New Report: TIRF & The Co-operators release a National Action Plan on distracted driving

New Report: TIRF & The Co-operators release a National Action Plan on distracted driving

Submission Deadline April 30, 2021 THIRD REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Implementing Improvements to Alcohol Ignition Interlock Programs The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is seeking applications to support the implementation of improvements to State Alcohol Ignition Interlock Programs. Eligibility Eligible applicants are jurisdictions that previously received technical assistance from TIRF to enhance their alcohol ignition interlock programs. Eligible states are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.   This solicitation is to provide selected jurisdictions with funding to assist them in implementing recommendations presented in their final technical assistance report. Grants are being awarded according to the most needed program improvements identified during technical assistance in each jurisdiction. It is anticipated approximately ten to fifteen awards will be made depending on the amount of each award. Priorities include: Integrating participant monitoring strategies and establishing graduated responses to encourage compliance; and, Creating and disseminating educational tools and messages to increase the visibility of the interlock program and promote program benefits. Available Funding The scope of work associated with these activities will vary and selected jurisdictions may be awarded grants ranging up to $150,000. Projects need to be completed by June 30, 2022. Evaluation criteria TIRF intends to select successful applicants based on the most favorable terms and conditions it can negotiate and award contracts, notably in relation to responsiveness to this RFP, the proposed timeline for delivery, technical approach, the work plan, and cost-estimates. The following criteria will be used to assess proposals: Responsiveness to priority areas defined in the RFP. Refer to the priorities identified above. The proposal should demonstrate the issue to be addressed is a priority issue and how solving it will benefit the State. Technical merit of the proposed solution. Priority will be given to proposals that describe a robust, realistic solution to the problem and has a high probability of success. Bidders are encouraged to refer to the scientific literature, proven or best practices from other jurisdictions and/or logically sound solutions. Logistical merit of the proposed solution. Priority will be given to proposals that describe a realistic work plan which can be completed on time, and within budget. Bidders are encouraged to include a chart in their proposal to visualize estimates of person-hours by task and by person, as well as timelines for completing tasks, achieving milestones and producing deliverables. Cost. Priority will be given to proposals whose total cost is no more than $150,000, that include realistic cost estimates to achieve objectives, and that maximize the beneficial outcomes to the State. Total estimated cost of the work above the upper limit ($150,000) will be accepted if the difference is being offset by the bidder’s own financial in-kind contribution. Download the Submission Information Questions regarding the application process may be directed to: carlw@tirf.us