Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research

National Science Foundaton, Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research

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The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program aims to support advanced wireless research platforms conceived by the U.S. academic and industrial wireless research community.

The PAWR program is a public-private partnership, integrating $50 million from NSF with $50 million in cash and in-kind contributions from a consortium of more than 30 wireless companies and associations.

Participating companies benefit by: helping to sustain US industry leadership; shaping design of research platforms; and securing cutting-edge research returns well in excess of initial investment. Participating communities benefit by: building core wireless capabilities through creative university partnerships; attracting government and corporate research funding and local wireless jobs; and utilizing advanced wireless capabilities to enhance city services and economic development.

Eligible Recipients:

Anchor Institution; For-Profit Business; Internet Service Provider; Non-Profit Organization

Eligible Recipients Detail:

Libraries; Public Schools; Higher Education Institutions; Hospitals; ISPs; Non-Profit Organizations; Small Businesses; Rural Recipients; Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Eligible Purpose:

Related Research and Development; Last Mile Infrastructure; Anchor Institution Infrastructure

Eligible Purpose Detail:

PAWR will enable experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services that will revolutionize the nation’s wireless ecosystem, thereby enhancing broadband connectivity, leveraging the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), and sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.