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Resilient & Intelligent NextG Systems (RINGS)

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Important Information for Proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports research on emerging next-generation wireless, mobile communication, networking, sensing and computing systems and on global-scale services — with a focus on improving the performance and resilience of these networked systems.


The RINGS program seeks to accelerate research in areas that will potentially have significant impact on emerging Next Generation (NextG) wireless and mobile communication, networking, sensing, and computing systems, along with global-scale services, with a focus on greatly improving the resiliency of such networked systems among other performance metrics. Modern communication devices, systems, and networks are expected to support a broad range of critical and essential services, incorporating computation, coordination, and intelligent decision making. Resiliency of such systems, which subsumes security, adaptability, and autonomy, will be a key driving factor for future NextG network systems. Resiliency in both design and operations ensures robust network and computing capabilities that exhibit graceful performance- and service-degradation with rapid adaptability under even extreme operating scenarios. The RINGS program seeks innovations to enhance both resiliency as well as performance across the various aspects of NextG communications, networking and computing systems. This program seeks to go beyond the current research portfolio within the individual participating directorates by simultaneously emphasizing gains in resiliency (through security, adaptability and/or autonomy) across all layers of the networking protocol and computation stacks as well as in throughput, latency, and connection density.

In this program, NSF is partnering with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a number of industry partners shown above. This program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines to achieve the program goals.



AI              Artificial Intelligence  

AR             Augmented Reality

Gbps          Giga-bit per second.

IoT            Internet of Things

MHz           MegaHertz

MIMO         Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output

ms             Millisecond

NextG        Next Generation Wireless Broadband Networks

PAWR         Platform on Advanced Wireless Research

RF             Radio Frequency

RV             Research Vector

THz            TeraHertz

UAS           Unmanned Aircraft Systems

VR             Virtual Reality



Program contacts

Alexander Sprintson
asprints@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Murat Torlak
mtorlak@nsf.gov (703) 292-7748 CISE/CNS
Mohammod Ali
moali@nsf.gov (703) 292-4632
Erik Brunvand
ebrunvan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Phillip A. Regalia
pregalia@nsf.gov (703) 292-2981 CISE/CCF
Zhengdao Wang
zwang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7823

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