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Ultra-High Capacity Optical Communications:

Status: Archived

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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.

Challenges in Broadband Optical Access, Materials Processing, and Manufacturing


The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Divisions of Electrical and Communications Systems (ECS), Chemical and Transport Systems (CTS), and Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation (DMII) of the Directorate for Engineering,  and the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, announces a broad interdisciplinary program of research and education on ultra-high capacity optical communications, including novel concepts in photonic devices, advanced fiber communication systems, component technologies for broadband optical access, new approaches to low-cost processing and manufacturing, and new mathematical models to simulate the device and system performance.  The objective is to enable the continued growth of broadband optical access and high-capacity optical communications into the next decade. The Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research (ANIR) of the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering and DARPA plan to participate in the reviews and identify proposals of mutual interest and may provide co-funding for programs of high quality that meet their programmatic and relevancy requirements. The reviews and panels will be conducted by NSF, utilizing the NSF merit review process. All awards will be made by NSF, and will be subject to NSF terms and conditions.

Program contacts

David Honey
Office Director
dhoney@darpa.mil (571) 218-4323 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ATO)
Jagdeep Shah
Program Manager
jshah@darpa.mil (703) 696-2253 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (MTO)
Robert M. Wellek
Deputy Division Director
rwellek@nsf.gov (703) 292-8370

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