Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity
Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:00:00 PM UTC - 6:00:00 PM UTC
The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) challenge grants. The AIM program highlights FTA’s commitment to drive innovation by promoting forward-thinking approaches to improve financing, system design and service. AIM challenge grants are part of FTA’s new AIM Initiative to foster innovative transit technologies, practices, and solutions that incentivize travelers to choose public transportation, promote economic development in communities, and enhance public-private partnerships to improve personal mobility. 

FTA staff will explain the goals of the AIM challenge grants and how they relate to the larger AIM program. They will also provide information about application eligibility, evaluation criteria, and the application submission process. FTA issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for AIM challenge grants on March 18, 2020. Applications are due May 18, 2020. 

Webinar participants will receive further information on the application process and requirements. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the AIM program and application process. Please visit the AIM webpage at for more information on the program. 

The slide deck will be made available shortly after the webinar is held. Questions related to the webinar can be sent to


Vince Valdes is the Associate Administrator for FTA’s Office of Research, Demonstration, and Innovation (TRI), which provides a forum for transit research at the national level and facilitates the development of innovative transit practices and technologies to support national public transportation.


Gwo-Wei Torng is the Director of Mobility Innovation in TRI. In this capacity, he oversees the FTA mobility research portfolio that includes several current FTA priorities, such as Accelerating Innovative Mobility, Transit Automation Research, and Mobility Payment Integration.


Christina Gikakis is an Engineer and Program Manager in TRI where she focuses on emerging and advanced transportation technologies.  She serves as the technical lead for the AIM Initiative.


Walt Mokey is a Transportation Program Specialist with the Office of Grants Management.

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