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Announcing the NSF Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) Challenges

March 8, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (NSF WINS) Challenges with up to $2 million in cash prizes.  These competitions challenge the public to identify and demonstrate solutions to further wireless networks in two scenarios.

(1) The Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge aims to findwireless solutions for communication that can be rapidly deployed in post-disaster situations where Internet access is unavailable or compromised.

 (2) The Smart Community Networks Challenge aims to find wireless solutions for communication that can be built on top of existing infrastructure to enhance Internet connectivity in communities that need greater access.

Each challenge will consist of two stages: a Design Concept Stage and a Working Prototype Stage.  The NSF WINS Challenges are open for the Design Concept Stage through Fall 2017. Entrants who are notified that they have passed the Design Concept Stage will be able to participate in the Working Prototype Stage.

The Challenges are being run by the Mozilla Foundation.  To learn more visit or plan to attend a launch event near you: March 25 in Raleigh, NC; April 9 in Oakland, CA; April 15 in Boulder, CO; and April 22 in New York, NY.


NSF Program Contact: Thyaga Nandagopal,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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