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Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies  (SWIFT) Crosscutting Programs

Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Jenshan  Lin Monisha  Ghosh
Alexander  Sprintson CISE/CNS Lawrence  S. Goldberg ENG/ECCS
Mohammod  Ali Albert  Z. Wang
Jonathan  V. Williams MPS/AST Bevin  A. Zauderer
Lisa  M. Winter GEO/AGS    


Solicitation  20-537

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). A key aspect of this new solicitation is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Coexistence is when two or more applications use the same frequency band at the same time and/or at the same location, yet do not adversely affect one another. Coexistence is especially difficult when at least one of the spectrum users is passive, i.e., not transmitting any radio frequency (RF) energy. Examples of coexisting systems may include passive and active systems (e.g., radio astronomy and 5G wireless communication systems) or two active systems (e.g., weather radar and Wi-Fi).  Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency.  The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.


AI Artificial Intelligence
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit
CAV Connected and Autonomous Vehicle
EARS Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
EESS Earth Exploration-Satellite service
EM Electromagnetic
IoT Internet of Things
ITU International Telecommunication Union
NRDZ National Radio Dynamic Zone
PAWR Platform on Advanced Wireless Research
RAS Radio Astronomy Service
RF Radio Frequency
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
SDR Software-Defined-Radio
RR Radio Regulations
SpecEES Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security
UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle













What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

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