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Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 24-549 for the latest version.

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The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG), Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Geosciences (GEO) are coordinating efforts to identify new concepts and ideas on Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). A key aspect of this new solicitation is its focus on effective spectrum utilization and/or coexistence techniques, especially with passive uses, which have received less attention from researchers. Coexistence is when two or more applications use the same frequency band at the same time and/or at the same location, yet do not adversely affect one another. Coexistence is especially difficult when at least one of the spectrum users is passive, i.e., not transmitting any radio frequency (RF) energy. Examples of coexisting systems may include passive and active systems (e.g., radio astronomy and 5G wireless communication systems) or two active systems (e.g., weather radar and Wi-Fi).  Breakthrough innovations are sought on both the wireless communication hardware and the algorithmic/protocol fronts through synergistic teamwork. The goal of these research projects may be the creation of new technology or significant enhancements to existing wireless infrastructure, with an aim to benefit society by improving spectrum utilization, beyond mere spectrum efficiency.  The SWIFT program seeks to fund collaborative team research that transcends the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines.


AI Artificial Intelligence
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit
CAV Connected and Autonomous Vehicle
EARS Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
EESS Earth Exploration-Satellite service
EM Electromagnetic
IoT Internet of Things
ITU International Telecommunication Union
NRDZ National Radio Dynamic Zone
PAWR Platform on Advanced Wireless Research
RAS Radio Astronomy Service
RF Radio Frequency
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
SDR Software-Defined-Radio
RR Radio Regulations
SpecEES Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security
UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle












Program contacts

Jenshan Lin
jenlin@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Monisha Ghosh
mghosh@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Alexander Sprintson
asprints@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950
Lawrence S. Goldberg
lgoldber@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339
Mohammod Ali
moali@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339
Albert Z. Wang
awang@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339
Jonathan V. Williams
jonwilli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2455 MPS/AST
Bevin A. Zauderer
bezauder@nsf.gov 703-292-2428
Lisa M. Winter
lwinter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8519 GEO/AGS

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