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Special Projects in Networking Research (SPN)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The objective of the Special Projects in Networking Research (SPN) program is the creation and support of broad-scale, deep-focus explorations of new concepts in networking. The emphasis is on long-term research and pioneering visions, approaches that question embedded assumptions and step outside the existing frameworks.  More than just new technical approaches, SPN will seek out new problem spaces - new services and applications - that are appropriate for the year 2015 and beyond.   Projects will be considered for the breadth of their scope, the clarity of their vision, and the rigor of their approach.  System demonstrations and rigorous experimentation are considered central to the program, providing the grounding necessary to filter and advance the winning concepts.  Successful proposals will present an ambitious and comprehensive research plan and a strategy for achieving demonstrable impact.  Team projects must be based on active collaboration and must develop a coherent plan for integrating contributing efforts toward a common goal.

Program contacts

Guru Parulkar
Program Director
gparulka@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950

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