NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program – Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program: Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment (PSIAP-MCVTE) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for activities to produce equipment and code required to test communications devices, based on 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards, for mission critical push-to-talk technology (MCPTT) and related public safety features such as Mission Critical Data (MCData) and Mission Critical Video (MCVideo).

Technical Program Goals:

  • Goal 1. On-network Release 13 MCPTT
  • Goal 2. On-network Release 14 MCPTT, MCVideo, and MCData

Organizations that receive awards through this competition will have the exclusive opportunity to compete for additional funding. The subsequent competition, which will take place at or near the conclusion of the period of performance for the awards made from this competition, will focus on incorporating off-network 3GPP Release 13 MCPTT and off-network 3GPP Release 14 and beyond MCPTT, MCData, and MCVideo technologies into the test equipment and code developed in the 2019-NISTMCVTE-01 competition.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MT June 5, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm MT July 19, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please include the following: problem statement, concept of proposed project, potential impact of project, key milestones and/or deliverables.
  • PI CV / Biosketch
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Please include any matching funds.

To access the online application, visit:


There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

NIST will only consider one application per applicant; however, an applicant entity may be proposed as a sub-recipient, contractor, or unfunded collaborator within applications submitted by other entities.

Award Information

Award Amount: $500,000 - $2,000,000

Award Duration: Up to 2 years.

Cost Share Information: Non-federal cost share is not required for awards issued pursuant to this NOFO. However, voluntary committed cost share (e.g., in-kind contributions from partners) may be included in project budgets and will be considered as part of the selection factors in Section V.2. of this NOFO.