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Grants and Cooperative Agreements


PSCR has awarded over $52M in grants and cooperative agreements, and more is on the way

PSCR publicizes all upcoming and open funding opportunities to its website. Official announcements for all open opportunities are made available on Application evaluation procedures are described on each individual notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). 


Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

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.

First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking Prize

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.


View our previously funded grants and cooperative agreements.

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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.



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PSCR Prizes and Challenges Tile


See current and upcoming prizes and challenges from PSCR’s Open Innovation program.



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Created November 9, 2016, Updated January 26, 2020