Cultivating smart and connected communities
NSF exhibits commitments in support of White House Smart Cities Initiative
The White House today kicked off the first-ever Smart Cities Week (Sept. 15-18, 2015), announcing new steps in support of a National Smart Cities Initiative.
As part of this initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) committed nearly $40 million to help intelligently and effectively design, adapt and manage the smart and connected communities of the future at today's event.
The NSF awards span next-generation prototype applications that demonstrate the capabilities of ultra-high-speed and advanced networking infrastructure; research on cyber-physical systems that safely embed computing, sensing and control into physical devices and critical infrastructure and take into account social, behavioral, and economic factors; and partnerships between academia and industry to transition promising research into practice.
"NSF's investments are helping to cultivate increasingly smart and connected communities for the future," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The effective integration of networked computing systems, physical devices, data sources, and infrastructure, all with humans in the loop, is improving the quality of life for people all across the nation."
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NSF has long supported fundamental research that underlies smart and connected communities, including advanced networking and connectivity; sensing and real-time data analytics; and control, automation and decision-making. The agency has also been instrumental in transitioning these technologies to widespread use, as in the case of the US Ignite initiative, which seeded the development of numerous new "gigabit applications" that can process large amounts of information, from improved regional radar systems to interactive fitness apps.
Today, NSF announced the following funding commitments that continue to expand upon NSF's existing leadership in enabling smart and connected communities:
In addition to the commitments listed above, NSF issued a new Dear Colleague Letter today encouraging the academic research community to submit high-risk, high-reward research proposals in support of smart and connected communities.
In particular, computer and information scientists, engineers and social, behavioral, and economic scientists are encouraged to collaborate with industry, non-profits, local governments, and anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, and hospitals. These awards will nurture and grow a research community focused on smart and connected communities and pilot early-stage efforts to expand ongoing research activities to integrate data sources and networked computing systems with people, physical devices and infrastructure and anchor institutions.
The investments NSF announced today build on the agency's leadership in accelerating research that will help create the smart and connected communities of the future.
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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