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Contract Vehicles for Prize Challenges

PSCR’s Open Innovation (OI) team facilitates the use of hack-a-thons, ideation, and other crowdsourcing methods to support research for public safety communications technologies. Prize challenges are one way to use these crowdsourcing methods and PSCR is well positioned to take advantage of this unique and innovative strategy. OI collaborates with PSCR research engineers to implement prize challenges in order to reach solvers from around the world to help us reach our goals.

The OI team plans and manages prize challenges using NIST resources, public safety partners, and contractors. OI encourages collaboration and partnerships amongst industry, small businesses and government contractors to accomplish our goals. Contracts are awarded to assist in any or all phases of an Open Innovation opportunity, such as design, management, outreach, implementation, and evaluation.

The procurement vehicles used by PSCR OI are:

  • GSA Schedules
  • 8(a) Business Development Program
  • NASA Tournament Lab

For more information, contact the Open Innovation team at psprizes [at] (psprizes[at]nist[dot]gov)



Click here to learn more about the Open Innovation program at PSCR

Learn more about PSCR's Open Innovation program.


Click here to view current and upcoming PSCR Open Innovation prize challenges

View current and upcoming prize challenges.


Click here to view past prize challenge information, including funding amounts and winners

See past prize challenges, funding amounts, and winners.


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Created August 15, 2019, Updated February 10, 2023