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Economic Impact

Bolstering the U.S. economy

Stabilized drone on table with LTE deployable. Sign in the background reads NIST Public Safety Communications Research.
NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) conducts research into the use of unmanned aircraft systems to support first responder operations. Learn more about NIST's drone research here.

NIST PSCR implements numerous research mechanisms that aim to advance near- and long-term R&D activities to support the development and deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network: grants, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts, prize challenge competitions, and internal research. 

While the ultimate impact of these research mechanisms is the increased safety of first responders and their communities through improved communications technologies, PSCR was interested in better understanding how their R&D investments to date result in economic impacts that ripple outward to state economies.

Read the full report

View our one-pager on PSCR's nationwide economic impact, totaling $509 million in total economic activity.

Read the entire economic impact report on PSCR here.



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Created August 5, 2021, Updated August 19, 2021