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U.S. Economic Development Administration: Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

Deadline: March 11, 2020

The Accelerate R2 Challenge Network will create a strategic nationwide network of organizations working to address disaster response and resiliency (R2) challenges with innovative technologies. The Accelerate R2 Network Challenge seeks to create a nationwide network or networks that will enable and support innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to bring transformative technologies into the response and resiliency markets. Specifically, the 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 Accelerate R2 Network Challenge seeks applications to build, launch, and operate a nationwide network or networks that will:

  • Develop and deepen relationships between R2 stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, first responders, investors, and early adopters within and across regions
  • Establish and strengthen communication and collaboration between and among core groups of stakeholders
  • Facilitate market development and access, such as through fostering connections between entrepreneurs and first responders to understand operational needs early in the innovation development process, including procurement considerations
  • Increase awareness among core groups of stakeholders, as well as reach new partners that were otherwise not participating in these technology industries
  • Serve as an industry liaison and convener for federal stakeholders, for instance to distribute grant notifications, technology needs, and industry requirements
  • Help advance technologies used by first responders

Amount: The U.S. Economic Development Administration expects to make either:

  • A single award up to $1,000,000 for a nationwide R2 Network; or
  • Two awards, one for a nationwide Response Network and one for a nationwide Resiliency Network, each of which may be up to $700,000.

Applicants must provide a matching share from non-Federal sources of at least 50 percent of the total project cost.

Eligibility: States; Indian tribes, cities or political subdivisions of states, entities whose application is supported by a state or a political subdivision of a state and that is — a nonprofit organization, an institution of higher education, a public-private partnership, a science or research park, a federal laboratory, or an economic development organization or similar entity; or a consortium of any of the immediately aforementioned entities.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321672

Note: 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. The a Letter of Intent is due by January 8, 2020.

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