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Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 11.609
National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 28, 2017
Application: Feb 28, 2017

The Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program provides grants to eligible applicants for activities to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities that directly impact first responder communications and operations in urban and rural locations.

The goal of the program is to accelerate research, development, production, and testing activities in 6 specific technology areas:

  1. Mission critical voice communications over long term evolution networks, such as direct mode broadband technology and "push to talk" communication
  2. Location based services, including positioning, position dissemination, and mapping/visualization
  3. Public safety analytics
  4. Public safety communications demand model frameworks for public safety needs to capture the essence of how public safety communicates by documenting present and future modes of communication, usage needs in dynamic situations, and urban and rural applications of similar technologies
  5. Research and prototyping platforms
  6. Resilient systems

Specific descriptions and potential activities in each technology area are available in the application instructions.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • State and local governments
  • Indian tribes
  • Hospitals
  • Foreign public entities and foreign governments

An eligible organization may propose to work individually or to include proposed sub-awardees, contractors or other collaborators.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $1,000,000 per year
Award floor: $10,000 per year
Project period: 2-3 years depending on the project type

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application procedures are available through

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a statement of intent to by January 28, 2017.

Tagged as
Broadband · Emergency medical services · Emergency preparedness and response · Technology for health and human services

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