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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

Upcoming prize challenges

2024 First Responder UAS Wireless Data Gatherer Challenge

Launching spring 2024, the eighth competition in PSCR's UAS Prize Challenge series, the First Responder UAS Wireless Data Gatherer Challenge seeks innovators with applicable expertise both across and beyond the UAS ecosystem. Help public safety with data gathering and situational awareness in radio-complex outdoor environments by enhancing UAS through innovative artificial intelligence (AI), radio communications, Internet of Things (IoT), and more. Learn more.

Current prize challenges

2023 First Responder UAS 3D Mapping Challenge

To continue the innovative momentum of the First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge, NIST PSCR’s First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Three-Dimensional (3D) Mapping Challenge is an exciting opportunity to provide first responders with affordable, accurate, high-quality 3D digital mapping solutions in indoor environments. There is an urgent need to provide real-time situational awareness to first responders in indoor environments compromised by severe damage due to fire, flood, structural collapse, and other potentially dangerous situations. The ability to produce a 3D map that precisely locates obstacles, damaged structure, people, and other areas or points of interest in real or near-real time has yet to be demonstrated or is not commercially available as a low-cost solution, especially Blue UAS compliant or capable, in the marketplace. This challenge hopes to address just that. 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 February 29, 2024