NIST Grants and Cooperative Agreements

A Federal Funding Opportunity for Public Safety Innovation

  • Program Type
  • Submission Deadline
    Full Applications Must Be Received No Later Than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time, January 18, 2022. Applications Received After This Deadline Will Not Be Reviewed Or Considered.
  • Supplemental Funding Available (Y/N)
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

Current & Upcoming Funding Opportunities

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. Official announcements for all open opportunities are made available on Application evaluation procedures are described on each individual notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). Please find our current and upcoming grants and cooperative agreements below.

Informational Funding Opportunity Webinar

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to watch the following webinar recording, which covers an overview of the PSIAP-2022 funding opportunity as well as important information on eligibility and the application process.

Funding Details

Program Description

Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program 2022 (PSIAP-2022)

There’s an urgent need for first responders to have access to the same broadband communications and innovative technologies that consumers and commercials networks now expect. That's why NIST PSCR is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key public safety capabilities related to mission critical voice, location-based services, user interface/user experience, and public safety analytics. Specifically, this award seeks solutions around accelerating the development, production, and testing of:
* Mission critical voice over broadband networks
* Location-based services
* First responder-machine interactions

PSCR created this funding opportunity to stimulate external R&D activities addressing critical technology gaps identified by stakeholders and to build a public safety-focused R&D ecosystem with long-lasting impact namely:
* Promoting cross-cutting research to advance public safety communications technology
* Transforming public safety operations
* Addressing critical technology gaps

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.