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Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

The application period for the Accelerate R2 Network Challenge has closed. We look forward to announcing our grantees in the near future.

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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 nationwide network or networks of organizations working to address the nation’s most pressing disaster response and resiliency (R2) challenges with innovative technologies. The Accelerate R2 Network Challenge seeks to connect stakeholders engaged in:

  • Response innovation – innovation in the communications, technology, and equipment first responders use when responding to disasters and events
  • Resiliency innovation – finding new ways to build, protect, and connect networks and infrastructure to help communities recover and build readiness and resilience in the face of future disasters

The application process involves two phases: a pre-application Letter of Intent and a Full Application. Applicants are strongly encouraged (but not required) to submit a Letter of Intent, which program staff will review and provide feedback to encourage or discourage a Full Application. Full Applications will be encouraged only for Letters of Intent that align with program goals and priorities set forth in the NOFO.

Letter of Intent Deadline: January 8, 2020

Full Application Deadline: March 11, 2020

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Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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