NSF Announces $6.1M Award for Wireless Technology Research
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $6.1 million, five-year award to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communications and networking technologies through the foundation's Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.

Through the PAWR Project Office (PPO), award recipients US Ignite and Northeastern University will collaborate with NSF and industry partners to establish and oversee multiple city-scale testing platforms across the United States. The PPO will manage nearly $100 million in public and private investments during the next seven years.

NSF established the PAWR program to foster use-inspired, fundamental research and development that will move beyond current Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Wi-Fi capabilities and enable future advanced wireless networks.

Through experimental research platforms that are at the scale of small cities and communities and designed by the U.S. academic and industry wireless research community, PAWR will explore robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems and services that will revolutionize the nation's wireless systems.

During the next seven years, PAWR will take shape through two multistage phases. The PPO will assume responsibility for soliciting and vetting proposals to identify the platforms for advanced wireless research and work closely with sub-awardee organizations to plan the design, development, deployment and initial operations of each platform. The PPO will establish and manage each platform and document best practices as it progresses through the lifecycle.

During the next seven years, NSF anticipates investing $50 million in PAWR, combined with about $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions from more than 25 companies and industry associations. The PPO will disperse these investments to support the selected platforms.

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