PSCR publicizes all upcoming and open funding opportunities to its website. Official announcements for all open opportunities are made available on Grants.gov. Application evaluation procedures are described on each individual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Current and Upcoming grants and cooperative agreements
The Economic Development Administration (EDA), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), has launched a $1M grant challenge to address the nation’s most pressing disaster response and resiliency (R2) challenges with innovative technologies. The Challenge is designed to connect stakeholders in the disaster response and resiliency industries from across the country to accelerate the pace of technological innovation in the markets for:
- Response innovation – innovation in the communications, technology, and equipment first responders use when responding to disasters and events
- Resiliency innovation – finding new ways to build, protect, and connect networks and infrastructure to help communities recover and build readiness and resilience in the face of future disasters
Learn more about the award program on EDA's website, and register for a November 20, 2019 informational webinar.
The Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) from PSCR is currently seeking applicants with expertise in prize competitions to collaborate with technical experts from NIST, industry/academia, and public safety to serve as Prize Administrator in developing and implementing the The First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking (FR3D) Prize. The FR3D Prize competition aims to achieve game-changing performance of sensors and systems for localization and tracking of first responders operating indoors in a variety of building environments without any benefit of pre-deployed dedicated infrastructure. NIST PSCR seeks to attract experts and innovators from industry and academia to focus on this difficult challenge by offering a monetary prize purse and unique opportunities for live testing and evaluation. Learn more.
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 new funding opportunity. The submission period is now closed. Check back soon for an award announcement.
- PSIAP 2017 ($38.5M awarded)
- PSIAP User Interface ($6.4M awarded)
- PSIAP Point Cloud City (over $750K awarded)
- PSIAP Mission Critical Voice Quality of Experience ($5.5M awarded)
- PSIAP i-Axis (over $500K awarded)
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.