Call for Case Studies on Road Safety

CIFAL Curitiba opens the opportunity for researchers from universities in Latin America and the Caribbean to submit proposals aligned with the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The project is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Who can participate?
What criteria in order to participate?
Is there a format for the presentation of cases?
What evaluation criteria will be used?
Who will evaluate the proposals?
What is the benefit for attending the call of cases?
When is the deadline for submission and to where should it be sent?

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The Decade of Action for Road Safety- 2011-2020 aims to reduce the number of deaths from road accidents down to 50% by 2020. The global action plan proposes strategies working on five pillars for development in the decade of 2011-2020. In this proposal launched by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, the academia is a key player because:

Universities are the home of higher education and have the responsibility to respond to the demand for vocational training for citizens who are going to compete in different areas of the labor market in both public and private organizations. Universities educate future leaders, such as those which will be making technical and executive decisions in the area of vehicle production, urbanization, public policy planning, education, etc.

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            para ampliarPromotion of child safety in Curitiba, Brazil (Foto: Curitiba City)

An important role of universities is making the link between academia and the community, particularly in the area of continuing education. From this perspective, the problem of road accidents has a serious effect on Latin American communities. Therefore, it is essential to promote research and the generation of proposals in order to plan and build an extensive amount of knowledge in the field of road safety.

In March 2010, with a firm commitment and a work program aligned to the five pillars of the Decade of Action, the Inter-American Development Bank officially launched the Road Safety Strategy (ESV- IDB) during the annual governors’ meeting that was held in Cancun, Mexico.

clique para ampliar clique para ampliarStreets in Latin America are not only occupied by car traffic (Foto: Carsten ten Brink)

The road safety strategy includes cross-cutting components to the activities that the bank implements. One of the mechanisms identified to enforce the strategy between 2012 and 2015 is to include the efficient mobilization of human and financial resources through strategic partnerships with the public sector, private sector, civil society, and NGOs.

In this context, IDB is supporting the “First call for case studies on road safety for universities in Latin America and the Caribbean” to promote the academic process of creating, enhancing and deepening knowledge in road safety.  

The case study competition is an initiative of the International Training Centre for Local Actors - CIFAL and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research - UNITAR and additionally, is part of the promotion of the University Network for Road Safety. The activity aims to raise awareness, encourage creativity, promote the use of new technologies and research, as well as to promote the upcoming generation of proposals from university academics to improve the culture, tools and infrastructure related to road safety throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Who can participate?

The call for proposals is open to all researchers, professors and university students whose object of study is associated to road safety for all universities within the 26 member countries of IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What criteria in order to participate?

The research to be presented at the competition must meet one or more of the five pillars proposed by the World Health Organization - Decade for Road Safety, released on May 11, 2011. More information can be found at:

Proposals must be submitted in the language of the country of origin (English, Spanish, or Portuguese). There are no restrictions of research done in collaboration between universities and other organizations. Special attention will be given to cases focused on the urban context.

Is there a format for the presentation of cases?

The cases should include the following information requested in the application form at the bottom of the page:

  1. Information on the university and lead authors;
  2. Description and justification of the case study with a detailed background,
  3. Objectives,
  4. Target population and expected results,
  5. The pillars of the Decade of Action addressed by the study,
  6. Methodology
  7. Results and evaluation
  8. Bibliography

What evaluation criteria will be used?

For the evaluation of the Project, the following criteria will be used:

  • A positive impact on target population: improvements in behavior and attitude of drivers, reduction in accident rates, reduced fatalities and traumas due to claims (in percentages or absolute values). (40% of assessment);
  • Sustainability, innovation and creativity of the research/intervention project by using innovative instruments or methods (20% of assessment);
  • Feasibility of transfer best practice methodology to other places with a similar context. (20% of assessment);
  • Presentation of indicators to collect and monitor data on casualties, damages, victims, etc. (10% of assessment);
  • Return of investment, cost-benefit relationship (10% of assessment).

Who will evaluate the proposals?

The evaluation of the cases will be made by an academic committee of the University Network for Road Safety in concurrence with a representative of CIFAL, Curitiba. The Jury’s decision will be final.

What is the benefit for attending the call of cases?

All participants will be invited to join the Network of Universities on Road Safety that is being to promote the exchange of research and learning practices across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The three best case studies will be published as a Technical Note of the Inter-American Development Bank in its original format and an additional language.

Furthermore, the three finalists will be invited to present their case studies in the First Assembly of the Network of Universities on Road Safety to be held in November 18 – 19, 2013 in the city of Buenos Aires. This meeting will take part of a variety of international events in the previous week which feature leading experts in the field of Road Safety.

When is the deadline for submission and to where should it be sent?

Proposals should be sent by email info@cifalcuritiba.org.br with a copy to Rafael Cesar da Costa, technical coordinator of CIFAL Curitiba rafael.costa@cifalcuritiba.org.br  until August 12, 2013.

Include in the subject of the email “Road Safety Case Study”. Proposals will be accepted until 23:59 on August 12, 2013.

Notification of selected proposals and winners will be recognized by CIFAL, through the CIFAL website. 


Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank. 

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