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Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

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Advanced Wireless Research Initiative @ NSF

The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative will sustain United States leadership in wireless communications and technology, which have become vital to our economic growth and development.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) leadership of this Initiative has three intertwined components:

  • Establishing platforms for advanced wireless research enabled by a new industry consortium and engagement of public and private partners;
  • Supporting fundamental research enabling advanced wireless technologies; and
  • Catalyzing academic, industry, and community leaders to work together to prototype innovative wireless approaches to address societal challenges.

These efforts will provide new insights capable of making wireless communication faster, smarter, more responsive, and more robust - with profound implications for science and society.

Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR)

Research platforms that are the size of an entire small U.S. city will foster use-inspired, fundamental research and development that will in turn enable advanced wireless networks. The platforms - called PAWR (pronounced "power") - will enable academic and industry researchers to experiment with approaches at scale, allowing experimentation that would not be possible in lab environments, over the next seven years.

PAWR will be supported through public and private partners, bringing together funding from NSF as well as a newly established industry consortium led by US Ignite and comprising leading networking vendors like Juniper and Interdigital; device manufacturers such as Nokia-Bell Labs, Samsung, and Qualcomm; and wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Additionally, NSF will support a PAWR Project Office (PPO) led by US Ignite, Inc and Northeastern University to manage the design, development, deployment, and operations of the advanced wireless research platforms.

Fundamental research enabling advanced wireless networks

Fundamental research on novel communication technologies, networking and information architectures, and mobile applications will enable advanced wireless capabilities.

NSF will support research on PAWR, and in support of advancing wireless technologies generally, to identify solutions to address the increased data and networking requirements of the emerging Internet of Things.

Community leadership and engagement

Community engagement is key to enabling use-inspired research and development for future generations of advanced wireless technology to provide solutions for important societal challenges.

NSF will support projects that bring together academic researchers, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic organizers from across the country to prototype and demonstrate advanced wireless innovations. NSF will also support experts from academia, industry, and government to identify best practices and research directions to guide PAWR. All of these efforts will help to cultivate a new generation of researchers and educators poised to transform society for decades to come.