Join the Challenge

Summary of Important Dates*

Phase Start Date Due Date Award and Notification Date
Phase 1: Concept Paper September 8, 2020 October 20, 2020 October 30, 2020
Phase 2: Dataset Submission November 3, 2020 May 4, 2021 May 19, 2021

*Dates are subject to change without notice at the discretion of NIST. 

Participant Eligibility

  • Contest submissions can be from an individual or a team.
  • Contestants (individual or team lead) must be 18 or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Businesses must be incorporated in and maintain a place of business in the U.S. or its territories.
  • Contestants may not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. Multiple individuals may collaborate as a group to submit a single entry.

See the full list of eligibility requirements at

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How to Enter

Now: Pre-register below to be the first to hear about the public launch and receive the challenge e-newsletter and other updates. 

  • Phase 1: Visit the Enhancing Computer Vision for Public Safety Challenge page on to review the phases and Official Rules. Submit a concept paper by email to by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on October 20, 2020.
  • Phase 2: Invited contestants to Phase 2 will receive an email with the information about Phase 2 of the Challenge

Judging Criteria

  • Phase 1: NIST makes an independent assessment of each concept paper based on the evaluation criteria. Papers will be evaluated based on: knowledge and relevance; technical approach; and subject matter.
  • Phase 2: PSCR will review submissions for compliance with the objectives and rules of the contest. Datasets will be evaluated based on: compliance testing; dataset quality; and assessment data and documentation.
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Challenge Rules

The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting the Enhancing Computer Vision for Public Safety Challenge focused on advancing the capacity of computer vision algorithms and no-reference (NR) metrics for image or video quality assessment, to support public safety missions. PSCR will award prizes valued up to $240,000 to the winning contestants. The First Responders Network Authority is partnering with PSCR on this challenge.

The contestants will provide:

  • 1. datasets of images or short videos (5 seconds maximum) showing camera impairments that cause computer vision applications to fail, and
  • 2. innovative methods to estimate the failure rate of computer vision algorithms on these images or videos.

These solutions will provide the computer vision and NR metric research communities with training datasets that showcase public safety requirements.
See full eligibility requirements at Submit questions about the Official Rules to

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