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Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Current & Upcoming Funding Opportunities

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. PSCR leverages Financial Assistance Awards in the form of grants and cooperative agreements to stimulate critical R&D, advanced engineering, and product development in key technology focus areas. Official announcements for all open opportunities are made available on Application evaluation procedures are described on each individual notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). Please find our current and upcoming grants and cooperative agreements below.

Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program 2022 (PSIAP-2022)

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program 2022 (PSIAP-2022) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key public safety capabilities related to mission critical voice, location-based services, and user interface/user experience. PSCR anticipates funding up to $7M in new awards, with individual awards expected to range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year. Applications are due January 18, 2022.

Artificial Intelligence for IoT Information (PSIAP-AI3) 

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Artificial Intelligence for IoT Information (PSIAP-AI3) cooperative agreement is seeking applications from prize administrators to develop and implement a competition related to first responder situational awareness data. Currently, there is an incompatibility between sensor hardware outputs and the visualization system that reads the input data. The purpose of the AI3 Prize Competition is for participants to create an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that can identify, categorize, and distribute data from disparate sources and make it actionable for first responders. Winners of the AI3 award will be responsible for prize development, implementation, post-competition publicity, and evaluation of the project impact

Follow-on Funding for Technical and Business Assistance and Demonstration Projects with Public Safety Agencies (TABA)

The Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) from PSCR is currently seeking applications from eligible organizations - entities that previously were awarded a grant, cooperative agreement, prize challenge or subaward by a federal entity (‘entities with a previous award”), such as NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Homeland Security, etc., for a public-safety focused communication technology innovation - to propose activities that will either:

  1. more rapidly advance their prototypes through needed technical and business assistance; or 
  2.  a demonstration project with a partnering public safety agency, to provide additional testing and research.

 Learn more about this opportunity; download the FAQs.

General questions about this opportunity including eligibility requirements, the review and selection process, and the general characteristics of a competitive application may be addressed by e-mail to pscr [at] with ‘TABA’ in the subject line. Questions submitted to NIST by e-mail may be posted on Discussions about specific project ideas will not be permitted and NIST staff will not critique or provide feedback on specific project ideas while they are being developed by an applicant at any time before the deadline for all applications.

Past Funding Opportunities

Other Funding Opportunities

View Prize Challenge opportunities from PSCR's Open Innovation program.


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Created November 9, 2016, Updated December 9, 2021