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Current and Upcoming Prize Challenges

A list of the upcoming and current Open Innovation prize challenges can be found below, along with links to individual prize challenge pages for more information. Official announcements for all open opportunities are also made available on

Current prize challenges

2022 Incident Command Dashboard Challenge 

NIST PSCR is excited to present an incident command dashboard challenge, powered by and LMI. The Command Dashboard Integrating Next Gen Technology (or CommanDING Tech) Challenge aims to engage innovators and the businesses to develop or improve an incident command dashboard that advances public safety’s ability to respond to emergencies through better UI/UX and data connectivity. Participants will directly engage and learn from public safety experts as they integrate indoor localization, video analytics and emulated and real-time data sensors into their incident command dashboards - provide the necessary tools first responders need to save lives. CommanDING Tech contestants will be competing for their share of a $1 million prize pool. Learn more.

2022 First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge

The First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Indoor Challenge from NIST PSCR seeks innovative UAS solutions to support First Responders by scouting an indoor structure and providing information about its condition and situational awareness prior to entry. The goal of this challenge is for contestants to design, build, and fly a cost-effective UAS that is easy to control, highly durable, and provide first responders with a high-quality video signal needed to detect human life and assess hazards in the environment. Improvements to UAS usability and flyability, along with more advanced autonomous sensors that operate with no GPS signal, will prove to help UAS operators or pilots save the lives of first responders and the community. Learn more.

“The most exciting part was actually meeting the frontline firefighters. It was the first time that we were able to show (our solution) to the User and see what they think of it.”

- PSCR Prize Challenge Participant

Click the buttons below to learn more about past prize challenges, the Open Innovation program, and other grants and cooperative agreements.

Past Open Innovation Prize Challenges

See past prize challenges, funding amounts, and winners.

About the Open Innovation Program

Learn more about PSCR's Open Innovation program.

Grants & Cooperative Agreements

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Created March 6, 2020, Updated July 20, 2022