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Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems  (CCSS)

Updated ECCS Program Descriptions

April 2016 - Attention CAREER applicants and those submitting proposals to ECCS core programs: ECCS has updated its program descriptions for EPMD, CCSS, and EPCN to include new Program Directors and additional topic areas. As such, the program announcement numbers have been updated from PD 13-1517 (EPMD), PD 13-7564 (CCSS) and PD 13-7607 (EPCN/EPAS) to PD 16-1517 (EPMD), PD 16-7564 (CCSS) and PD 16-7607 (EPCN/EPAS) to reflect these additions. These new announcement numbers are available in Fastlane and for proposal submissions.

Name Email Phone Room
Chengshan  Xiao (703) 292-8339  525 N  
Jenshan  Lin (703) 292-8339  525 N  
Shubhra  Gangopadhyay (703) 292-8339  525 N  


Apply to PD 16-7564 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    October 1, 2017 - November 1, 2017

    October 1 - November 1, Annually Thereafter

        ECCS Submission Window

Supplement Deadline Date

    April 2, 2018

    April 1, Annually Thereafter

        ECCS REU/RET Supplements

Please read ECCS Proposal Window and Submission Information for further details and exceptions regarding full proposal submissions to the Division.

The Division deadline for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Supplements is April 1st unless this date occurs on a federal holiday or weekend. Please note: The ECCS Division has established an $8,000.00 REU limit per student. Please contact your Program Director for further details. 


The Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS) Program is intended to spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative engineering research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS supports innovative research and integrated educational activities in micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), communications and sensing systems, and cyber-physical systems. The goal is to design, develop, and implement new complex and hybrid systems at all scales, including nano and macro, that lead to innovative engineering principles and solutions for a variety of application domains including, but not limited to, healthcare, medicine, environmental and biological monitoring, communications, disaster mitigation, homeland security, intelligent transportation, manufacturing, energy, and smart buildings. CCSS also supports integration technologies at both intra- and inter- chip levels, new and advanced radio frequency (RF), millimeter wave and optical wireless and hybrid communications systems architectures, and sensing and imaging at terahertz (THz) frequencies.

Proposals for the CCSS program may involve collaborative research to capture the breadth of expertise needed for such multidisciplinary integrative activities. ECCS will consider supporting a limited number of small team proposals of three or more Investigators from different disciplines and/or universities.

Areas of interest include:

Hao Ling

  • RF, Analog, and Mixed Signal Integrated Circuits and Systems
  • RF, Microwave, Millimeter-Wave and THz Technology
  • Energy-Efficient, Low-Noise, Reconfigurable Electronics
  • Antennas and Wave Propagation for Communications and Sensing
  • High-Fidelity Modeling and Simulation of Electronic, Photonic and Electromagnetic Systems

Chengshan Xiao

  • RF/Wireless, Optical, and Hybrid Communications and Networking
  • Integrated Sensing, Communication, and Computational Systems
  • Spectrum Access and Spectrum Sharing, Cognitive Radio
  • Signal Processing and Compressive Sampling
  • Cyber Physical Systems and Security

Mona Zaghloul

  • Micro, Nano, and Bio Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Chemical, Biological, and Physical Sensors, Sensors and Actuators, and Electronic Interfaces
  • Ultra-Low Power Wearable and Implantable Sensing and Imaging Systems
  • Real-Time Monitoring and Stimulation of the Brain and Other Body Functions in Natural Environments

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program