The National Institute of Standards and Technology has introduced a $30 million grant program in an effort to advance research and development work on broadband technology platforms for first responders.
NISTâ€™s public safety communications research division will accept applications from nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions and other non-federal entities for the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program through Feb. 28, the First Responder Network Authority said Dec. 22.
Dereck Orr, director of NISTâ€™s PSCR, told FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher in an interview that the grant program is part of the $300 million in allocated funds that NIST received through the Federal Communications Commissionâ€™s spectrum auctions.
Orr noted that the funding opportunity also seeks to expand the number of researchers that would help address the public safetyâ€™s broadband communications requirements over the next decade or 15 years.
He also discussed the grant programâ€™s technology areas that include location-based services, analytics, mission critical voice, prototyping, communication demand modeling and resilient systems.