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NSF announces investment in multi-sector partnership to accelerate research in next generation networking and computing systems

The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a new investment of over $37 million aimed at the development of intelligent, resilient, and reliable next generation -- or NextG -- networks. The investment called RINGS—short for Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems— is a public-private partnership that focuses on accelerating research to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. in NextG networking and computing technologies and ensure the security and resilience of NextG technologies and infrastructure.

This public-private partnership brings unique experience, insight and resources to research efforts to accelerate the translation of fundamental research findings into new technologies that can transform the telecommunication and information technology sectors of the U.S. economy. The RINGS program is NSF's single largest effort to date to engage public and private partners to jointly support a research program. Private sector partners include Apple, Ericsson, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, and VMware. Government partners include the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“The RINGS program is a visionary and ambitious effort that will benefit many critical aspects of societal infrastructure, and will have long-term, transformational impacts on the next generation of network systems,” said NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems Director Gurdip Singh. “I am excited to see how awardees under this program lead the path toward new communication capabilities that improve our lives, from education to infrastructure and national security. Congratulations to all awardees.”

The 2022 RINGS awardees are listed below.

The total investment of more than $43.5 million dollars includes contributions and continued support from members of the partnership.

Learn more about RINGS and visit nsf.gov.