Economic Development Administration -- Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce


EDA, in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), is seeking applications from eligible parties to create a strategic nationwide network of organizations working to address disaster response and resiliency (R2) challenges with innovative technologies. The Accelerate R2 Network Challenge seeks to create a nationwide network or networks that will enable and support innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to bring transformative technologies into the response and resiliency markets.


  • Letter of Intent: Jan. 8, 2020
  • Full Applications: March 11, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

EDA is not authorized to provide grants or cooperative agreements to individuals under this Program. Requests from individuals will not be considered for funding. Eligible applicants for EDA financial assistance under this NOFO include: • A State; • An Indian tribe; • A city or other political subdivision of a State; • An entity whose application is supported by a State or a political subdivision of a State and that is—

  • a nonprofit organization,
  • an institution of higher education,
  • a public-private partnership,
  • a science or research park,
  • a Federal laboratory, or
  • an economic development organization or similar entity; or
  • A consortium of any of the immediately aforementioned entities.

Amount Description

Subject to the availability of funding and based on applications, EDA expects to award up to $1,000,000. Of this total amount, EDA expects to award $750,000 from EDA, and another $250,000 on behalf of NIST to stimulate first responder technology innovation specifically. Therefore, applicants should clearly define in their Project Narrative how they expect to allocate funding in support of the advancement of technologies used by first responders to be eligible for the NIST portion of funding.

EDA expects to make either: • a single award up to $1 million for a nationwide R2 Network; or • two awards, one for a nationwide Response Network and one for a nationwide Resiliency Network, each of which may be up to $700,000. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 11, 2020