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Past Funding Opportunities

Those funding opportunities which have closed or been awarded are available for viewing below.
Award Name Award Amount Award Dates Award Description Application Deadline
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Augmented Reality TBD Up to 3 years The PSIAP-AR funding opportunity aims to implement technology that will enable researchers to test and develop user interfaces to enhance public safety. Projects funded under the PSIAP-AR program can help achieve this by creating new technology or applying current technology to a specific public safety use case. Recipients may also conduct research to support the use of AR hardware and applications including cybersecurity, usability, and human-computer interaction. Learn more.  October 1, 2020
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking Prize $8M Up to 2 years

The NIST PSIAP is 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 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. Learn more.

August 20, 2020
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment Up to $12M Up to 2 years

The Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment grant from NIST PSCR seeks to support R&D around the creation of a simulator system which will enable the necessary testing of Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) technology. The simulator will be expected to support standardized MCPTT test cases, and award recipients will be encouraged to write public safety test cases as part of their final deliverables. Additional research goals may include the testing of Mission Critical Data and Mission Critical Video. Learn more. 

July 26, 2019
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - iAxis Up to $600K Up to 3 Years beginning in FY2019 PSIAP i-Axis seeks to initiate a multi-year outreach effort that will work with public safety practitioners to answer questions regarding indoor mapping and tracking of first responders, and accelerate the adoption of potentially transformational location-based technologies, information, and services into their decision-support systems. Learn more.  October 19, 2018
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - Mission Critical Voice Quality of Experience Up to $3M* Up to 3 Years beginning FY2019

PSCR sought applications from eligible applicants for activities to measure the impact of impairments to mission critical voice (MCV) systems and quantify the quality of experience (QoE) for first responders. 2018-NIST-PSIAP-MCVQOE award recipients will help achieve this by creating test devices and infrastructure to simulate these impairments, develop a test capability/methodology for human testing, and apply these tests to a diverse pool of first responders representing multiple disciplines, regions, and demographics while performing critical tasks in realistic operating conditions. Learn more.

August 3, 2018
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Point Cloud City Up to $1M* Up to 1 Year, ending September 30, 2019

Successful applicants of the 2018 Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program Point Cloud City Notice of Funding Opportunity have just been notified that they will receive funding to generate an extensive catalog of annotated 3D indoor point clouds that can be used by industry, academia, and government to advance research and development in the areas of indoor mapping, localization and navigation for public safety, as well as to demonstrate the potential value of ubiquitous indoor positioning and location-based information. Recipients will also participate in the NIST Global Cities Team Challenge initiative as the lead for an Action Cluster. Learn more

April 20, 2018
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - User Interface, FY2018 $6.4M 2 Years starting June 1, 2018  PSCR released the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – User Interface (PSIAP-UI FY18) NOFO for research and development grants and cooperative agreements. Pre-applications were due December 29, 2017.  Successful applicants were invited to submit Full Applications by the end of January 2018 with submissions due March 27, 2018. Learn more. See award description.
Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program, 2017 $38.5M Up to 2 Years beginning FY2017 

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) Funding Opportunity awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders. This funding opportunity focused on six key technology areas that have the potential to transform the future of public safety communications and operations: Mission Critical Voice, Location Based Services, Public Safety Analytics, Public Safety Communications Demand Model, Research and Prototyping Platforms, and Resilient Systems. Learn more

February 28, 2017
Measurement Science and Engineering, FY2017 Unknown Unknown This FFO (MSE 2017) was intended for small short-term efforts, especially in support of PSCR planning.  Examples included exploratory / proof-of-concept research, or hosting research workshops. Unknown

*Award selection process is currently in progress.
**Exceptions given to PhD students whose dissertation research is part of the application; these applicants/awardees may have performance periods of up to three (3) years.


Created August 7, 2018, Updated May 7, 2021