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Division of Computer and Network Systems

Special Projects in Networking Research  (SPN)

Name Email Phone Room
Guru  Parulkar (703) 292-8950  1175 N  


Solicitation  03-555

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 objective of the Special Projects in Networking Research (SPN) program is the creation and support of broad-scale, deep-focus explorations of new concepts in networking. The emphasis is on long-term research and pioneering visions, approaches that question embedded assumptions and step outside the existing frameworks.  More than just new technical approaches, SPN will seek out new problem spaces - new services and applications - that are appropriate for the year 2015 and beyond.   Projects will be considered for the breadth of their scope, the clarity of their vision, and the rigor of their approach.  System demonstrations and rigorous experimentation are considered central to the program, providing the grounding necessary to filter and advance the winning concepts.  Successful proposals will present an ambitious and comprehensive research plan and a strategy for achieving demonstrable impact.  Team projects must be based on active collaboration and must develop a coherent plan for integrating contributing efforts toward a common goal.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program