NSF and DoD Announce Grants in Partnership to Accelerate Secure 5G Communications


On 8 September, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the award of $12 million to 16 teams of 5G operators through the NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Program. The awards will be used to support enhancements to end devices and augmentations to 5G infrastructure, providing capabilities to military, government and critical infrastructure operators to operate through public 5G networks while meeting security and resilience requirements. The goal is to enable 5G operators (including the defense community) to operate securely anywhere and anytime.

Projects funded include:

The collaboration supports DoD’s 5G initiative, which seeks to assess and mitigate 5G vulnerabilities, inform 5G standards and policies through rigorous research, and promote technology development to advance 5G communications for the U.S. military and federal government.

“5G wireless networks are crucial components of the modern communication system and a key aspect of how we operate,” said Amanda Toman, Acting Principal Director for 5G at DOD OUSD(R&E). “We must have viable solutions to support the military and federal government’s missions. The Department is excited to partner with NSF and its Convergence Accelerator to accelerate the development of 5G technologies for our systems and those of our allies and partners.”

This is the fourth in a series of grants on various research tracks administered through NSF’s Convergence Accelerator, part of NSF”s new Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP). For more information, see:



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