Opportunity number
Department of Commerce (DOC)
NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Mission Critical Voice Quality of Experience
Due date
January 18, 2022
Broadband Information Technologies Infrastructure Innovation Public Safety
Project funding
$250,000 to $600,000 per year
Program funding
Funding size
Up to $5M

NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) – Mission Critical Voice

RFP Summary provided by the agency

There’s an urgent need for first responders to have access to the same broadband communications and innovative technologies that consumers and commercial 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, and user interface/user experience. 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

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


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:

An Infrastructure-Free Localization System for Firefighters: This project focuses on the development of a rapidly deployable infrastructure-free localization system to track firefighters inside of a structure such as a building. The goal of the project is to provide fire safety chiefs who are responsible for team accountability a live feed on a tablet or computer outside of the facility that can show the position of each firefighter within. Given the hostile nature of burning structures and the time criticality of missions, this requires that a system can track firefighters without any pre-installed internal and limited external infrastructure, and without assuming knowledge of the structure’s layout. For a system to be practically adopted at scale, it also needs to be low-cost and extremely simple to configure and deploy.

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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