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National Science Foundation

NSF 12-110

Dear Colleague Letter - WiFiUS

Last year, NSF, Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and the Academy of Finland jointly funded the SAVI Wireless Innovation between Finland and U.S. (WiFiUS, http://www.wifius.org) to help build long-term research and education collaboration between the two world leaders of wireless networking. We now seek to enlarge this effort.

To do so, NSF expects to fund a small number of EAGER proposals as well as fund supplements to current NSF awards to enable US-based researchers to collaborate with Finland-based researchers on topics that fit the wireless and spectrum sharing goals of Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503307&org=CNS) of the CISE Division on Computer and Network Systems. NSF strongly encourages new collaborations. Investigators interested in submitting an EAGER or a supplemental funding request are required to submit a one page description of the proposed joint research via email to the cognizant program director Min Song (msong@nsf.gov) by August 7, 2012. This description should include the name(s) of their intended Finnish collaborator(s) and the proposed collaboration plan. NSF will share these descriptions with Tekes and the Academy of Finland. The investigators will be provided with feedback regarding how well their request fits the priorities of NSF, Tekes, and the Academy of Finland, and where appropriate, be invited to submit an EAGER proposal or a standard supplemental funding request in accordance with NSF's Award and Administration Guide I.E.4.

For further information, please contact the cognizant program director Min Song. Finnish collaborators can obtain information about Tekes's interests from Katja Ahola (katja.ahola@tekes.fi) and the Academy of Finland's interests from Juha Latikka (juha.latikka@aka.fi).

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