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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

July 18th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF / by Helen Wright

NSF logoNational Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to announce NSF’s  and CISE ‘s role in the new Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to let you know about NSF’s and CISE’s leadership role in a new White House Initiative being announced today (see  — the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, which will feature more than $400 million over the next seven years to support fundamental wireless research and experimentation.  The centerpiece of this investment will be more than $85 million for the design, development, deployment, and operations of four city-scale platforms for advanced wireless research (PAWR).  These research platforms, or testbeds, will be made possible by more than $35 million in cash and in-kind contributions from a new industry consortium consisting of over 20 wireless carriers, device manufacturers, and equipment vendors.  These investments will enable our academic research community to experiment with and test novel wireless technologies, applications, and services capable of making wireless communication – and their applications – faster, smarter, more responsive, and more robust.

To highlight NSF’s leadership role in the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, NSF is publishing a press release and a new website, along with a number of new solicitations.

You can also follow (and join!) the conversation at #AdvancedWireless (

Finally, I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who have made this Initiative and today’s event possible — particularly Thyaga Nandagopal, Nick Maynard, Erwin Gianchandani, Ken Calvert, Zack Hayden, Beth Linas, and the rest of the team at NSF/CISE.

We look forward to continuing to work with the broader CISE community to realize the vision of the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative.



Jim Kurose
Assistant Director of NSF for Computer and Information Science and Engineering

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

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