FIA Foundation

The FIA Foundation is an independent UK registered charity which supports an international programme of activities promoting road safety, the environment and sustainable mobility, as well as funding motor sport safety research.

The Foundation was established in 2001 with a donation of $300 million made by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the non-profit federation of motoring organisations and the governing body of world motor sport.

Having completed ten years work in 2011 the Foundation has completed a strategy review. The Board of Trustees examined the global trends that are relevant to the Foundation’s work over the next decade, the effectiveness of its grant making activities, and the governance of the charity including its relationship with the FIA.  Arising from the strategy review, and also to comply with the requirements of the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Foundation has updated its governance system and adopted some significant changes to its grant making process.

The Foundation has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations, participates in various UN road safety and environment related working parties and is a member of the UN Global Road Safety Collaboration. It also provides the secretariat for the Make Road Safe campaign, the independent Commission for Global Road Safety, and the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. The Foundation is also a member of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles.


Our objects are to promote public safety and public health, the protection and preservation of human life and the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment through:

  • promoting research, disseminating the results of research and providing information in any matters of public interest which include road safety, automobile technology, the protection and preservation of human life and public health, transport and public mobility and the protection of the environment; and
  • promoting improvement in the safety of motor sport, and of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users.


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is made up of not less than nine and not more than fifteen individuals including, the President of the FIA ex officio, and three nominees of the FIA and two Trustees independent from any member of the charity. The Trustees are responsible for the proper administration of the Foundation, have a duty to act collectively, and must act in the best interests of the charity. The Trustees appointed by the FIA have exactly the same duties and responsibilities as the other Trustees.