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PSIAP Public Safety Radio Data (PSRD)

This graphic is encouraging applicants to apply for the PSRD Grant by April 6, 2021..
Credit: NIST

Apply for the PSRD Grant by Tuesday, April 6, 2021!

About the PSRD Federal Funding Opportunity

Program Description

The NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program: Public Safety Radio Data (PSIAP-PSRD) Grant Program is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to collect digital and/or analog radio system usage data and make it available for LMR-to-LTE research. 

Land Mobile Radio (LMR) to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a primary focus of the MCV portfolio. To begin a transition from LMR to LTE, current LMR usage needs to be characterized. Characterization of current LMR usage will allow for the production of traffic models, which may be used for future telecommunications system deployments, ensuring appropriate placement and allocation of telecommunications resources. 

Public safety LMR transmission data is currently only publicly available in small, disparate datasets. The collection of, and access to, larger public safety LMR usage datasets will facilitate research related to a transition from LMR to LTE.


The intent of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for the award recipient to collect public safety LMR usage data and make the datasets available for research related to the comparison of LMR to LTE.

The award recipient will help achieve this by partnering with no less than two (2) public safety organizations (PSOs) located within the United States, of varying size or geographic location, for the collection of data necessary for conducting research relevant to the comparison of LMR to LTE. The award recipient will make the collected data publicly available for the conduct of such research. Applicants must also propose their own research project(s) related to the comparison of LMR to LTE as part of their application.

Anticipated Amount

In fiscal year 2021 (FY21), NIST anticipates funding 1 award for up to $1,000,000 with a project performance period of up to 2 years. 

Informational Webinar

Want to learn more about this funding opportunity? Join us on Friday, February 26 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MT) to learn about the NOFO and how to apply. Register here!

How to Apply

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For questions, please email us at with "PSIAP-PSRD" in the subject line.

Created January 18, 2021, Updated February 9, 2021