University of Southern California


NSF-17-540: Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF): Building on the Success of the Global Environment for Network Innovations

Slots:                                                     1. An organization may participate in no more than one TIPOFF proposal submitted to this solicitation, either as a lead or a subawardee. For proposals involving multiple institutions, only one institution should submit the proposal, with funding for participating institutions made through subawards. In other words, joint projects should not be submitted as linked collaborative proposals. See PAPPG Chapter II.D.3.a for additional information.                          

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          May 2, 2017, 5pm PDT

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 1

Anticipated Amount: $10,000,000

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:


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Working closely with the U.S. academic and industrial computer networking research community, TIPOFF will provide leadership and administrative oversight in developing, deploying and operating innovative mid-scale computing research infrastructure to meet evolving research community needs and align with emerging national priorities.


To initiate this activity, TIPOFF will assume responsibility for the operation and future evolution of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) platform. TIPOFF will then lead the research community in developing an expanded and enriched experimental platform (“Platform”) that leverages the existing GENI infrastructure to support exploration of robust new networking and distributed systems architectures, services and applications. This Platform will serve as a virtual laboratory for research and education, with the goal of advancing understanding of computing and communication systems and sustaining U.S. technology leadership and competitiveness in information technology (IT) and Internet-based services.


Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation should provide a framework for pursuing design, development, deployment, operations and system upgrade/refresh activities, and should describe one or more technical/operational approaches to deploying Platform resources to address new research community needs and emerging national priorities. Proposals should present specifics related to administrative project management. Proposals may identify participating institution(s) that extend the project management capabilities of the lead institution. Proposals should not identify subawardees beyond the participating institutions that will fulfill the Platform’s technical design, development, and deployment.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.