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NSF-16-585: Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): Establishing the PAWR Project Office (PPO) (PAWR/PPO)

Slots:                                                   1                
LOI:                                                   N/A
Internal Deadline:                         August 8, 2016, 5pm
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: September 20, 2016, 5pm PDT
External Deadline:                       November 23, 2016, 5pm PDT
Award Information:                       
Type:  Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Amount: $5,000,000

Cost Sharing:                               Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

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

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                 

Who May Serve as PI:              No restrictions or limits.


NSF, in collaboration with a range of partners, intends to support at-scale experimental platforms for advancing fundamental wireless research. Through a public-private partnership, these research platforms will enable pursuit of new research challenges, enhance education about wireless technologies and data networking, further academic-industry cooperative partnerships, and spur greater technology transfer from academia to industry.

The proposed national experimental research platforms will accelerate US research and maintain US global leadership in developing the next round of technological innovation within the wireless industry and associated services. The goal of these platforms is to support cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary experimental research on core wireless topics including, but not limited to, cloud-enabled radio access networks, radio and network protocols, antenna designs, software-defined radio transceivers, resource-sharing algorithms, spectrum sharing, use of millimeter-wave spectrum bands for mobile applications, wireless network security, network planning, heterogeneous network architectures, end-to-end network quality of service (QoS), spectrum policy enforcement, end-user application performance, and spectrum data analytics and adaptability.

To ensure that all PAWR activities are driven by fundamental research opportunities in wireless networking, the PPO will work closely with the wireless research community in all aspects of the design, development, deployment, and operations of PAWR. A PAWR Steering Council (PSC), comprising a subset of the PAWR Industry Consortium, as well as research leaders in wireless networking, will represent the community’s research interests in PAWR; the PSC will be chartered and supported by the PPO. The role of the PSC will be to advise the PPO in all aspects of the deployment and operations of the advanced wireless research platforms.

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