Three agencies within theÂ Department of Commerce have commencedÂ a contest onÂ disaster response and public safety technologies. The First Responder Network Authority said Thursday it joined theÂ Economic Development Administration and theÂ National Institute of Standards and Technology to launch theÂ Accelerate R2 Network Challenge.
Stakeholders from across the U.S. would use their technologies to addressÂ disaster response challenges under the $1 million program. EDA and NIST provideÂ $750K andÂ $250K, respectively, to finance grants under the program. The effort seeks technologies that address the innovation areas of disaster response and resiliency.
âNIST conducts extensive research focusing on both disaster response and resiliency, so we are very excited about the potential for the R2 Network to support Americaâs strong innovation base and decrease the time for these technologies to transition from lab to market,â said Walter Copan, undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology and NIST director.
Those interested to participate may refer to theÂ grants.gov website for information on eligibility,Â submission deadlines, matching-fund requirements and other funding-related policies.