PSCR works with public safety agencies, academic researchers and industry partners in both technology and human/social areas, and system developers to support our mission and accelerate the advancement of public safety communications technologies. NIST PSCR leverages Financial Assistance Awards in the form of grants and cooperative agreements through Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) to stimulate critical R&D, advanced engineering, and product development in key technology focus areas. PSCR will publicize all upcoming and open funding opportunities and post the information to our website. The official announcements for all open opportunities will be available on Grants.gov. Application and evaluation procedures will be described in the individual NOFO.
Current and Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Coming Soon: the Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment Funding Opportunity
Wireless telecommunications service providers complete several overlapping testing processes prior to releasing new communications devices, including regulatory testing to meet government standards, industry certification by telecommunications industry forums, and user testing within their own laboratories. While the test standards and procedures processes meet the needs for commercial devices, they cannot ensure a device’s proper performance for public safety purposes. PSCR wants to address this issue in a funding opportunity due to release in early 2019 via its Public Safety Innovation and Accelerator Program (PSIAP). Look out for a notice of funding opportunity announcement next quarter.