Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

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 the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization, protection of passive sensing services, and the ability for traditionally underserved Americans to benefit from current and future wireless-enabled goods and services. This EARS program solicitation seeks to fund innovative collaborative research addressing large-scale challenges that transcend the traditional boundaries of existing programs.

Full Proposal Deadline: May 3, 2016

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Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 6 - 8 awards are anticipated, each up to $1,500,000 total and up to 3 years in duration, subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals received.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $10,000,000

Estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

May 3, 2016