New NSF program: Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS), Addressing Future Challenges

The National Science Foundation’s Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts with the potential to contribute towards significant improvements in

  • efficiency of radio spectrum utilization,
  • protection of passive sensing services, and
  • enabling traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. 

The solicitation seeks effective collaborations in areas where interdisciplinary research is presently uncommon. The budget for EARS is $10M over 3 years, with 6–8 expected recipients. Applicants are limited to Universities/Colleges and to non-profit, non-academic organizations (e.g. museums, professional societies, etc.)

Proposals must address one of the four “Grand Challenges” identified during the 2015 EARS Workshop (final report here.) The formal solicitation is below. The solicitation includes Program Officer contact information and examples of topics that would be responsive.

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) (nsf16537) | NSF – National Science Foundation.