NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – 2022 (PSIAP-2022)

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) 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 as described in Section I. of this NOFO.

Recipients will rapidly accelerate the objectives of the funding opportunity through innovative research and development (R&D) projects. Applicants may propose projects specific to one or more PSIAP-2022 technical program goals and may propose cross-cutting projects that address one or more objectives within each or multiple goals. Applicants may also propose new ideas and objectives within any of the goals but may not propose new goals.

Applicants are required to develop partnerships with Public Safety Organizations (PSOs) to ensure that the R&D outputs of each PSIAP-2022 project are highly relevant and will have a meaningful impact on the public safety community. Potential applicants are responsible for contacting the organizations and arranging partnerships. NIST will not assist potential applicants with finding partners.

For purposes of this NOFO, PSOs include U.S. federal, state, and local emergency medical services (EMS), fire services, law enforcement, and public safety communications/911 centers. At least one PSO involved in the project must be an active or volunteer department or agency. For the sake of the PSO participation requirement, consulting agencies and associations are not considered PSOs.

Deadline: Jan. 18, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the program listed in this NOFO is open to all nonFederal entities. Eligible applicants include accredited institutions of higher education; non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations incorporated in the United States; state, local, territorial, and Indian tribal governments; foreign public entities; and foreign organizations. Please note that individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible to apply under this NOFO. Although Federal entities are not eligible to receive funding under this NOFO, they may participate as unfunded collaborators.

NIST will consider multiple applications per applicant. However, an individual researcher may only be listed as the principal investigator on one application. In addition, applicants should refrain from submitting multiple applications with related subject matter

Amount Description

In Fiscal Year 2022, NIST anticipates funding up to $7,000,000 in new awards. Funding is expected to range from $300,000 to $600,000 per year, per award. Project performance periods may be up to two (2) years, with the exception of proposals submitted by institutions of higher education for the purposes of supporting research by graduate students as part of a doctoral program, for which the period of performance may be up to three (3) years.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

January 18, 2022