The Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act marked an unparalleled push toward next-generation technologies for public safety by allocating $300 million to accelerate cutting-edge communications research. NIST's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division delivered public-private partnerships that drove research and development of critical, life-saving communications capabilities for first responders.
A 2023 Executive Summary provides key stakeholders with relevant information about how PSCR spent Public Safety Trust Funds and the impacts of that funding. Furthermore, this report seeks to demonstrate the value and positive outcomes of a one-time injection of funds into a topic area and the extent to which this model can be repeated in other areas of significant impact, like semiconductor supply or climate change. The full report will be published in the late spring of 2023.
With limited time and a federal team beginning with only 31 full time employees in 2016, PSCR sought partnerships to join their mission. While PSCR was allocated $300M, the following analysis is presented in 2022 dollars to effectively compare economic impact over time.
In 2022 dollars, PSCR invested $348.76M between internal research, external research, prize challenges, and commercialization. With the funds’ expiration, PSCR sought to better understand how their R&D investments resulted in economic impacts that rippled outward to state economies. For more information about how these totals were calculated, please see the Economic Impact Analysis.
PSCR allocated $239.95M to internal research, generating a total of 2,977 jobs and fostering an ecosystem for technological developments detailed below.
Utilizing grants and cooperative agreements, PSCR supported a total of 83 funding opportunities, 77 of which were US-based and 6 of which were international. PSCR invested $108.76M total in external awardees, with $98.62M spent domestically and $10.14M spent internationally. A total of 2,782 jobs were added to the economy as a result of PSCR’s support of domestic external research. However, the impact of international awards was not assessed in the economic report.
Employing prize challenges, PSCR invested $5.19M, supporting the award of 184 teams and adding 233 jobs to the U.S. economy. As with grants, while 5 international teams participated, their contributions to the economy were not formally assessed.
Finally, PSCR also supported 2 SBIR Phase 3 awards at a total investment cost of $5.01M, leading to 51 jobs.
The visualization below illustrates PSCR’s funding allocation per portfolio and project. Please note, these inputs are in 2022 dollars.
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