Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Advanced Wireless Network Research at NSF
The National Science Foundation has a strong tradition of supporting fundamental research in wireless communications and wireless data networks, from the early days of the Internet. With current wireless data networks in the "fourth generation" or 4G, NSF has already been paving the way for 5G wireless data networks and beyond.
NSF investments in the next generation of data networks spread across various research programs as well as infrastructure investments in advanced testbeds. Research in 5G spans a comprehensive array of areas from advanced physical layers to the support of emerging applications in 5G networks. Example areas with research current investments are: spectrum sensing/sharing, communication in millimeter wave frequencies, interference mitigation, advanced antennas, multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO), Massive-MIMO, spectrum access architectures, free-space optics, resource management for ultra-dense wireless networks, network security, wireless network management, network virtualization, future Internet architectures, software-defined networks, Internet-of-Things, and autonomous vehicle communications.
NSF also funds testbeds and research platforms for prototyping advanced wireless network systems, through an array of research infrastructure programs at U.S. universities. A new multi-year effort called Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) will establish a series of city-scale wireless research platforms in collaboration with an industry consortium. PAWR will become federated with other ongoing NSF-supported network research testbeds, including GENI and NSFCloud that address network virtualization research and computing systems research, respectively.
Funding Opportunities for 5G research
Testbed/Research Platforms Infrastructure Programs:
- Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR)
- CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)
- Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
- Campus Cyberinfrastructure - Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CC*DNI)
- CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure - NSFCloud (CRI: NSFCloud)
- Global Environment for Networking Innovations (GENI)
- NSF/Intel Partnership on Information-Centric Networking in Wireless Edge Networks (ICN-WEN)
- Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS)
- Communication and Information Foundations (CIF)
- Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
- Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)
- Future Internet Architectures -- Next Phase (FIA-NP)
- Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program (I/UCRC)
- Wireless Innovation between Finland and US (WiFiUS)
- NSF SBIR/STTR Program
- ORBIT GEN 3 - Enhancing the ORBIT Testbed with LTE and Cloud Radio Processing
- PhantomNet: An End-to-End Mobile Network Testbed
- WiMi: A Reconfigurable Platform for Millimeter-Wave Wireless Networking and Sensing
- A Reconfigurable Multi-Cell Research Platform for Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Networks
- WiSER Dynamic Spectrum Access Platform and Infrastructure
- An Open Observatory for the Internet's Last Mile
- PhoneLab: A Programmable Participatory Smartphone Testbed
- ROAR - A Research Infrastructure for Real-time Opportunistic Spectrum Access in Cloud based Cognitive Radio Networks
- Chameleon Cloud
- White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
(Workshop reports are available at the workshop websites below, and also at https://dl.acm.org/collection.cfm?id=C13)
- Large-Scale Networking Platforms "Communities of Practice" Workshop, October 2016.
- Second NSF Workshop on Ultra-Low Latency Networks, September 2016.
- Second NSF Workshop on Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum, October 2015.
- NSF Workshop on Ultra-Low Latency Wireless Networks, March 2015.
- NSF Workshop on Future Research Infrastructure for the Wireless Edge, November 2014.
- First NSF Workshop on Mobile Community Measurement Infrastructure, November 2014.
- NSF Workshop on Future Directions in Wireless Networking, November 2013.
- NSF Workshop on "Beyond Cognitive Radios", June 2011.
- NSF Workshop on Future Heterogeneous Networks, March 2011.
- First NSF Workshop on Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum, August 2010.