Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research Project Office Request for Proposals Open

May 10, 2017

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office (PPO) is seeking proposals from teams to design, deploy, and operate city-scale research platforms to advance wireless communications and technology.  Preliminary proposals are required and must be submitted by June 1, 2017 6pm ET to

This request for proposals is the first from the PPO, funded by NSF and led by US Ignite, Inc., and Northeastern University, to oversee the design, development, deployment, and initial operations of platforms for advanced wireless research.  This effort is supported by $100 million - $50 million from NSF and more than $50 million in-kind and cash contributions from the PAWR Industry Consortium, which is comprised of more than 25 leading wireless companies and trade associations. 

The PPO’s Request for Proposals (RFP) aims to support up to two of four planned research platforms at about $20 million per platform by spring 2018.  These platforms will enable academic and industry researchers and innovative communities to power unprecedented experimentation that will provide new insights capable of making wireless communication faster, smarter, more responsive, and more robust - with profound implications for science and society.

This effort is part of NSF’s strategy to sustain U.S. leadership in wireless communications and technology – vital to our Nation’s economic competitiveness and long-term growth and development – for the next decade and beyond. 

To learn more about the PPO and this opportunity, see:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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