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We Deliver Public Safety Innovation

Return on Investment

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 establish an R&D program for the development and build-out of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), a dedicated, interoperable network for emergency responders. NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division delivered public-private partnerships that drove research and development of critical, life-saving communications capabilities for first responders. 

report outlining the $509.8M economic impact of the NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division was released in 2021.  With funding from the Tax Relief Act ending in 2022, NIST continues to explore funding opportunities for these life-saving programs. 

Sustained funding for PSCR ensures continued:

  • Collaboration with public safety stakeholders to develop standards and requirements necessary for emergency, planned, and disaster situations that threaten the safety of citizens, first responders, and property.
  • Development of requirements into standards in partnership with industry and academia
  • Testing and evaluation of cutting-edge technologies for public safety use cases.
  • Recruitment of problem solvers from around the world to participate in its Open Innovation program, which is responsible for converting more innovators than ever before to work on issues facing public safety communications technologies.
  • R&D support into future technologies, which will be integral to the success of FirstNet as it evolves.
PSCR Program Summary
PSCR Program Summary
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Created February 4, 2021, Updated October 8, 2021