The Road Safety Trust has been created to contribute to improvements in safety on the roads of the United Kingdom through support for research into road safety and for the development of practical measures and trial or demonstration projects, whether through education, engineering or enforcement, aimed to reduce death and injury to all road users. The Trust intends to uphold the highest of ethical and safety standards in both the conduct of the research and activity it funds and prudence in the expenditure of the funds that it holds. It will be especially keen to support measures that combine approaches to casualty reduction.
UK based organisations (both public and professional associations), registered charities and university departments may apply for grants. Individuals are not eligible for Trust grants unless part of a wider research or project team. Private commercial enterprise, Community Interest Companies and not for profit businesses will be considered for funding providing that it can be demonstrated that the schemes or initiatives proposed are for charitable activity and for the public benefit and are consistent with the principles of the Trust.
Grants will be awarded depending on which of the following criteria are met, as well as the extent to which they are met. It is not anticipated that all applicants will meet all the criteria but grant awards will be made on the overall strength of the proposal in relation to these criteria. Applicants should, therefore, consider carefully and demonstrate clearly which they meet. Projects will a be expected to give an indication of the benefits to road safety that may be expected from the research or from any practical intervention that may be supported and how these benefits have been calculated. In addition, a clear indication should be given of the outputs of the project or proposal.
It should also be noted that the trustees will consider on an annual basis the total amount of money to be allocated for funding, based on an assessment of potential demand and income received by the Trust. Successful applications may not be funded in their entirety. This will depend on the size of the request made and the funds available. Grants are available for up to three years and the RST would normally expect to fund projects requesting from it amounts of up to £100,000.