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Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program

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United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) - Federal Railroad Administration

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11/29/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA states, public agencies, rail carriers and manufacturers, the Transportation Research Board, university transportation centers, and nonprofit labor organizations for projects that improve passenger and/or freight rail transportation systems. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program will enhance rail safety, help to undo inequities caused by transportation and land use policies and create new opportunities for underserved communities, provide energy-efficient transportation options to confront the effects of climate change, invest in projects that spur economic growth, and ensure the nation's world-class freight network can meet the mobility demands of a growing population.

Congress authorized the CRISI grant program for the Secretary to invest in a wide range of projects within the United States to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability; mitigate congestion at both intercity passenger and freight rail chokepoints; enhance multi-modal connections; and lead to new or substantially improved Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation corridors. Rail safety projects include, but are not limited to, grade crossing enhancements, rail line Relocations and Improvements, and deployment of railroad safety technology. Eligible activities also include regional rail and corridor Planning, environmental analyses, research, workforce development, and training. 

Projects eligible for funding under this grant program include, but are not limited to:

  • Deployment of railroad safety technology;
  • Capital projects, as defined in section 49 U.S.C. § 24401(2) for intercity passenger rail service, except that a project under this NOFO is not required to be in a state rail plan; 
  • Capital projects that: 
    • Address congestion challenges affecting rail service,
    • Reduce congestion and facilitate ridership growth along heavily traveled rail corridors, and/or
    • Improve short-line or regional railroad infrastructure;
  • Highway-rail grade crossing improvement projects;
  • Rail line relocation and improvement projects;
  • Regional rail and corridor service development plans and environmental analyses;
  • Any project necessary to enhance multimodal connections or facilitate service integration between rail service and other modes;
  • The development and implementation of a safety program or institute;
  • Any research that the Secretary considers necessary to advance any particular aspect of rail related capital, operations, or safety improvements; and
  • Workforce development and training activities, coordinated to the extent practicable with the existing local training programs supported by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Education.

For more information about eligible projects, see

An applicant must identify one or more of the following four tracks for an eligible project: Track 1—Planning; Track 2—PE/NEPA; Track 3—FD/Construction; or Track 4—Research, Safety Programs and Institutes.

For more information about these tracks, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 198480

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There are no predetermined minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for CRISI awards. For Non-CRISI funding, the maximum award for railroad trespass law enforcement grants will be capped at $120,000, and the maximum award for railroad trespass suicide prevention grants will be capped at $100,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible applicants under this notice:
a. A State;
b. A group of States;
c. An Interstate Compact;
d. A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
e. A political subdivision of a State;
f. Amtrak or another rail carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation (as defined in 49 U.S.C. 24102);
g. A Class II railroad or Class III railroad (as those terms are defined in 49 U.S.C. 20102) or a holding company of a Class II or III railroad;
h. Any rail carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities described in paragraph (a) through (e);
i. The Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research, including cooperative research programs;
j. A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research; or
k. A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of rail carriers or rail carrier contractors.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FRA will be holding a webinar about FRA’s FY21 CRISI NOFO on September 21, 2021, and interested entities and applicants should visit the FRA Rail Program Delivery Webinar Series: Grants & Loans webpage for information:

The presentation files will be available 24 hours following the webinar and the webinar recording will be available by September 28, 2021 on FRA’s Webinars page:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding under this solicitation are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, November 29, 2021. Applications that are incomplete or received after 5:00 p.m. ET on November 29, 2021 will not be considered for funding.

Cost Sharing or Matching:
The Federal share of total costs for CRISI projects funded under this notice will not exceed 80 percent, though FRA will provide selection preference to applications where the proposed Federal share of total project costs is 50 percent or less. For Non-CRISI funding, the Federal share of total project costs can be up to 100 percent. The minimum 20 percent non-Federal match for CRISI-funded projects may be composed of public sector (e.g., state or local) and/or private sector funding. In-kind contributions, including the donation of services, materials, and equipment, may be credited as a project cost, in a uniform manner consistent with 2 CFR 200.306. Amtrak or another rail carrier may use ticket and other non-Federal revenues generated from its operations and other sources as matching funds.

Unique Entity Identifier, and System for Award Management (SAM):
To apply for funding through, applicants must be properly registered in SAM before submitting an application, provide a valid unique entity identifier, and continue to maintain an active SAM registration all as described in detail below. Complete instructions on how to register and submit an application can be found at Registering with is a one-time process; however, it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. FRA recommends that applicants start the registration process as early as possible to prevent delays that may preclude submitting an application package by the application deadline. Information about SAM registration procedures is available at

FRA may not make a grant award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and SAM requirements, and if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the FRA is ready to make a Federal award, FRA may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. (Please note that if a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS number must be obtained or renewed, this may take a significant amount of time to complete). Applicants may obtain a DUNS number by applying online at​us.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further project or program-related information in this notice, please contact Mr. Douglas Gascon, Office of Policy and Planning, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W38-212, Washington, DC 20590; email:; phone: 202-493-0239.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact: Contact Center
Phone Number: 1-800-518-4726

If you require an alternative version of files provided, please contact Lou Lorello, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Room W36-111, Washington, DC 20590; email:; phone: 202-493-8026.

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