Spectrum Innovation Initiative: National Center for Wireless Spectrum Research  (SII-Center) Crosscutting Programs


CONTACTS
Name Dir/Div Name Dir/Div
Mohammod  Ali ENG/ECCS Alexander  Sprintson CISE/CNS
Bevin  A. VanderLey MPS/AST Jonathan  V. Williams MPS/AST
Lisa  M. Winter GEO/AGS    


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  21-558

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Letter of Intent Deadline Date

    March 1, 2021

        A Letter of Intent must be submitted by the due date specified.  Proposers who fail to submit a Letter of Intent by the due date are not eligible to submit an SII-Center proposal.

Full Proposal Window

    April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021

        The submission window opens on April 1, 2021 and closes at 5 p.m. submitter's local time on April 30, 2021.  A Letter of Intent (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time on March 1, 2021) is a required prerequisite for SII-Center Proposals.

Submission of an SII-Center Planning Grant Proposal (see NSF 20-557) is not required to submit an SII-Center Proposal.

 

SYNOPSIS

The worldwide growth of wireless communication, navigation, and telemetry has provided immense societal benefits including mobile broadband data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile healthcare, and intelligent transportation systems. These and other applications call for innovations that can circumvent the challenges of radio spectrum scarcity and interference, and foster the growth of ubiquitous, high speed, low latency connectivity. Commercial applications like the above must operate in harmony with scientific uses of spectrum (e.g., radio astronomy, Earth and atmospheric sciences, and polar research) and other nationally vital spectrum-dependent services (e.g., weather prediction). The National Science Foundation (NSF) continues to support wireless spectrum research and the scientific uses of the electromagnetic spectrum through multiple programs that enable fast, accurate, dynamic coordination and usage of the limited spectrum resource. These programs have created an opportune ground to build and create a large center-based ecosystem for spectrum research, which is the target of this SII-Center program.

NSF’s goal is to promote transformative use and management of the electromagnetic spectrum, resulting in profound benefits for science and engineering, industry, and other national interests. The focus of a spectrum research SII-Center must chart out a trajectory to ensure United States leadership in future wireless technologies, systems, and applications in science and engineering through the efficient use and sharing of the radio spectrum. The SII-Center should also seek to foster scientific and technical collaboration. The establishment of an SII-Center will have a transformational impact on wireless spectrum research by serving as a connecting point for the biggest and most challenging questions in spectrum management that the nation is facing. The SII-Center is expected to educate and develop an agile workforce needed to support industries of the future which will rely heavily on wireless technologies.

SELECTED LIST OF ACRONYMS

AI

Artificial Intelligence

EARS

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum

EM

Electromagnetic

FCC

Federal Communications Commission

FFRDC

Federally Funded Research and Development Center

IHE

Institute of Higher Education

IoT

Internet of Things

IWG

Interagency Working Group

ML

Machine Learning

NITRD

Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program

NSF

National Science Foundation

NTIA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

PAPPG

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide

PAWR

Platform for Advanced Wireless Research

PI

Principal Investigator

RAS

Radio Astronomy Service

RF

Radio Frequency

RR

Radio Regulations

SII

Spectrum Innovation Initiative

SpecEES

Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security

STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

SWIFT

Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies

WRC

World Radiocommunications Conference

WSRD

Wireless Spectrum Research and Development


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