Opportunity number
Department of Commerce (DOC)
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP)
Due date
January 18, 2022
Public Safety
Project funding
$10,000 to $1,000,000 per year for up to 2 years.
Program funding
Up to $30M may be available to fund
Funding size
Up to $5M

NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP)

RFP Summary provided by the agency

Seeking applications to accelerate research, development, production, and testing activities in the following technology areas:

  • Mission Critical Voice over Broadband Networks
  • Location Based Services (LBS)
  • First Responder-machine interactions

The PSIAP is one of several initiatives within the NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program. More information about the PSCR, as well as technology roadmaps and summit reports for LBS and public safety analytics, can be found at www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Recipients will rapidly accelerate the objectives of the PSIAP through innovative research and development (R&D) projects.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Electronic applications must be received at grants.gov

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, state and local governments, Indian tribes, hospitals, foreign public entities, and foreign governments. Organizations can work individually or with collaborators.

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

End-to-End Research Platform: Millimeter wave (mmWave) cellular systems can enable orders of magnitude greater data rates and reduced latency than networks today. Advanced public safety communications (PSC) has thus been identified as one of the key potential uses cases for these networks. The research platforms envisioned in this proposal address core parts in the development cycle of a complex wireless system, and will thus be invaluable for realizing mmWave PSC networks. By leveraging existing extensive platform work at NYU WIRELESS along collaborations with the University of Padova, our industrial affiliates and a fire department collaborator, the proposal has a unique opportunity to greatly accelerate the time to bring mmWave PSC technologies to market. All the development and data will be made open-source enabling academic labs, industry and government agencies to build on these tools.

Other required documents/forms

All applicants are required to have a current registration in the electronic System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

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