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Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT-SAT)

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This document has been archived.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 & 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 the SWIFT program, now in its second year, 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 wireless broadband 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
EARS Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
EESS Earth Exploration-Satellite service
EM Electromagnetic
IoT Internet of Things
ITU International Telecommunication Union
MICS Medical Implant Communication System
NRDZ National Radio Dynamic Zone
PAWR Platform on Advanced Wireless Research
RAS Radio Astronomy Service
RF  Radio Frequency
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
RFID Radio Frequency Identification Device
RR Radio Regulations
SpecEES Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security
UAS Unmanned Aircraft Systems












Program contacts

Mohammod Ali
moali@nsf.gov (703) 292-4632
Alexander Sprintson
asprints@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Zhengdao Wang
zwang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7823 ENG/ECCS
Lawrence S. Goldberg
lgoldber@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Albert Z. Wang
awang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7230
Jonathan V. Williams
jonwilli@nsf.gov (703) 292-2455 MPS/AST
Murat Torlak
mtorlak@nsf.gov (703) 292-7748 CISE/CNS
Lisa M. Winter
lwinter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8519 GEO/AGS
Ashley Vanderley
bevander@nsf.gov (703) 292-2428 MPS/AST

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