Funding guide

NSF - Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research

Broadband Funding Guide

National Science Foundation

Federal Agency

National Science Foundation

Agency Overview

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

Program Name

Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research

Program Overview

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program aims to support advanced wireless research platforms conceived by the U.S. academic and industrial wireless research community. PAWR will enable experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services that will revolutionize the nation’s wireless ecosystem, thereby enhancing broadband connectivity, leveraging the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), and sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.

Program Purpose
  • Smart Cities
  • Evaluation
  • Research
Eligible Recipients
  • Libraries
  • K-12 Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Commercial/Internet Service Providers
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Small Businesses
  • Rural Recipients
  • Electric Utilities/Co-ops

Agency Contact

Thyaga Nandagopal, (703) 292-8950

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount


FY2019 Funding Amount

Approximately $12,000,000 anticipated