Implemented by       Capital Consulting Corporation    KSU at Salina           |       Supported by       NIST       PSCR

Implemented by Capital Consulting Corporation & Kansas State University – Salina, Supported by NIST & PSCR

About the First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Indoor Challenge (UAS 4.0)

Compete for $685K in total prizes plus a chance to demo your prototype at a live competition

Indoor disaster response and search and rescue can be some of the most dangerous and difficult scenarios for First Responders. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division needs your innovative unmanned aircraft system (UAS) solutions to support First Responders by scouting an indoor structure and providing information about its condition and situation awareness prior to entry.

The outcomes of an ideal indoor UAS operation are improving the usability, or flyability, lowering the total cost of the UAS platform, and improving autonomous sensors while operating with limited or no GPS signal.

America’s First Responders need your support!

Focused on supporting the needs of the public safety community and its stakeholders.

Could your UAS win a competition for the most agile and cost-effective drone?

Key Details

The Mission

To support the first responder community and help save lives.

Imagine a scenario where First Responders need to conduct a response and rescue effort within an indoor facility. To improve both safety and success, they would benefit from a UAS that could maneuver within a closed space.

The Breakthrough

Accept this Challenge to develop an ideal indoor UAS platform that offers improved usability, or flyability, and situational awareness and has a lower total cost while operating with limited or no GPS signal.

The Plan

Review what you can do now to prepare and submit your winning submission!

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What Can I Do Right Now?

There are several actions that you can begin working on right now to develop your winning submission:

  • Sign Up For the Newsletter – Sign up for our newsletter above to receive updates about the UAS 4.0 Challenge Launch.
  • Formulate Your Winning Team – This is a complex Challenge that will require representatives across multiple disciplines.  While there are no formal matchmaking efforts for this Challenge, potential applicants are welcome to use the Challenge community facebook page to solicit and identify potential partners.
  • Start Your Research – Identify any potential technology gaps your team currently has, then spend this time reviewing resources and connecting with other experts to fulfill your team.
  • Begin Drafting Your Concept Paper – The Challenge rules and evaluation criteria have already been published, so you can begin drafting your proposal now.
  • Register to attend the May 11 Challenge Information Webinar – The webinar will also have a question-and-answer session.
  • Check out step-by-step instructions for a successful contest entry – Review the step-by-step instructions listed in the Next Steps section.
Fireman controlling a drone.

Next Steps

From Planning to Submission
STEP 1.

Sign up for updates. We send out a weekly newsletter with the latest updates on the challenge status including stage winners and next steps.

STEP 2.

Review the official challenge rules and terms & conditions

Official Challenge Rules
STEP 3.

Recruit team members on the UAS Challenge Facebook group and start to develop required documents, including a summary slide and concept paper

UAS Challenge on Facebook
STEP 4.

Starting April 27, 2022, join the Contestant Portal for the First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Indoor Challenge (UAS 4.0)

Go to Contestant Portal
STEP 5.

Participate in the UAS Challenge Information webinar on May 11, 2022

View Webinar Presentation

View Webinar Video

STEP 6.

Submit your concept paper and all other required documents in the Contestant Portal by 9 PM EDT, July 15, 2022

Go to Contestant Portal

Contestant Portal

  • Starting on April 27, 2022, the Contestant Portal will be open for submissions.
  • Review the exit disclaimer and click “Accept and Enter”.
  • Click “JOIN CHALLENGE” when you are redirected to the Contestant Portal hosted by “BestinCrowd.”
  • If you are a first-time user, sign up using your social media login or create a new account on the Contestant Portal hosted by “BestinCrowd.”
  • Join the challenge as an individual or a team.  If you haven’t recruited all your team members, don’t worry–additional team members can be invited later.
  • Please submit your concept paper and all other required documents using the format found in the official challenge rules by 9 PM EDT on July 15, 2022.  If you are competing as a team, only the Official Representative (i.e. team lead) may submit your team’s concept paper and required documents.
  • You may replace your submission as often as you wish until the deadline.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us.

Key Dates

Timeline

Prizes

Prizes

Implemented by       Capital Consulting Corporation    KSU at Salina           |       Supported by       NIST       PSCR

Implemented by Capital Consulting Corporation & Kansas State University – Salina, Supported by NIST & PSCR