NIST Joins NSF-Led Partnership to Support Next-Generation Communications Technology

NIST Joins NSF-Led Partnership to Support Next-Generation Communications Technology


The RINGS program will take advantage of NIST’s state-of-the-art communication testbeds, like this large anechoic chamber.



Credit: NIST



GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and industry partners to spur innovation in next-generation communications systems.


The Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems (RINGS) program brings together federal agency and industry partners to accelerate research on wireless and mobile communication networks and associated computing systems and large-scale services. The program will seek to advance the underlying technologies to guarantee worldwide availability, security and reliability of next-generation (NextG) systems.


“With its long history of public-private partnerships, NIST has learned that bringing together the right expertise leads to real innovation that can solve pressing national challenges,” said James Olthoff, who is performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the under secretary of commerce for standards and technology and director, National Institute of Standards and Technology. “We’re excited to be a part of this effort with NSF, DOD and industry to help the U.S. lead the way on ensuring we have NextG systems that can adapt to and recover from interruptions, no matter their cause.”


The RINGS partners will invest $40 million to support collaborative research teams for approximately 40 awards, each up to $1 million and up to three years in duration, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received. Proposals will be accepted through July 29, 2021.


NIST will participate in the program through its Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), which promotes the development and deployment o ..