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National Science Foundation Doles Out $12m For Wireless Growth

By Network World

October 20, 2016

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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) on Tuesday distributed 11 grants, totaling $12 million, to researchers working to expand the reach of wireless technology.

The awards went to researchers at a diverse range of educational institutions, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Texas A&M University, among others.

The disparate research projects focus on making spectrum sharing easier and freeing up space across the increasingly crowded airwaves.

The awards were directed at four major areas--innovative radio hardware and access architectures to enable spectrum sharing, harmonious co-existence of heterogeneous wireless technologies, developing automated detection mechanisms and compliance certification methods, and spectrum access for science services.

"The research activities supported by these awards represent bold new approaches with the potential to contribute to improvements in the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization while protecting passive sensing services, and allowing traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services," says NSF's Jim Kurose.

NSF's Fleming Crim notes the agency has given out 140 individual awards totaling more than $60 million over the past five years.

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