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NSF Ideas Lab: Breaking the Low Latency Barrier for Verticals in Next-G Wireless Networks – Preliminary Proposals Due 04/18; Full Applications Due 09/30

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Ideas Lab: Breaking the Low Latency Barrier for Verticals in Next-G Wireless Networks



National Science Foundation (NSF)


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The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) is charged with accelerating use-inspired and translational research and development (R&D) to advance U.S. competitiveness in key technology focus areas.

The Breaking the Low Latency Barrier for Verticals in Next-G Wireless Networks (Breaking Low) initiative will accelerate and enable new technologies and contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy in advanced wireless communications. TIP is seeking to identify and address critical architectural, technical and technological issues that must be resolved in fifth-generation (5G) and next generation (Next-G) wireless networks to provide the necessary low-latency performance that is required for the success of key emerging vertical industries.

This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab focused on low-latency wireless networks and vertical applications that rely on them to:

  • identify cost-effective novel approaches that have the potential to break the hurdles that exist in today’s networks, including 5G/Next-G cellular, WLAN, access and cloud components, to meet the end-to-end low-latency and high-reliability targets required to enable specific emerging vertical use cases;

  • formulate and execute a coherent research and development (R&D) plan that will lead to the technological advances necessary to engineer Next-G advanced wireless networks that meet the desired low-latency and high-reliability demands of identified vertical applications; and

  • prototype and demonstrate the developed technology solutions in at-scale testbeds for specific vertical use cases under a wide range of relevant network conditions.



  • For-profit organizations

  • State and local governmental entities

  • Local school districts

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)

  • Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)

  • Tribal Nations

  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies that are directly associated with educational or research activities


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Required Preliminary Proposal Due April 18, 2024

Full Applications Due September 30, 2024



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