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From research idea to market innovation

As the primary Federal laboratory focused on conducting research, development, testing, and evaluation for public safety communications technologies, PSCR’s role has been--and remains--objective technical advisor on early-stage research and development (R&D) projects. Due to the success of this comprehensive approach, PSCR’s charge now includes driving support for projects from early-stage R&D through commercialization. PSCR’s commercialization programs are a key component of its mission to deliver support for the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

PSCR Commercialization Programs

By pioneering research, funding grants and open innovation, and connecting disparate stakeholders to one another, PSCR creates new opportunities for the R&D community to innovate, invent, and commercialize. We're committed to ensuring that products get into the hands of first responders.

View our available commercialization programs below. Don't see what you're looking for? pscr [at] (Send us an email).

Since 2017, PSCR’s $300M Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program has been instrumental in funding R&D to advance communications technologies critical to first responder operations. The outcomes of the program include new partnerships formed, new companies created, patents, publications, and more. Get an overview of internal and extramural program impacts in our digital brochure.

First responders need products and services to help them do their jobs more effectively, efficiently, and safely. PSCR is focused on helping leverage the most advanced communications technology capabilities that stand to benefit public safety operations.

Commercialization investment

PSCR's commercialization funds help innovators find success in the commercial marketplace. See below for examples of PSCR's investment in moving ideas to market.

Disclaimer: Any mention of commercial products within NIST web pages is for information only; it does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST.

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Created February 18, 2021, Updated January 25, 2022