The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced nearly $40 million in grants to support Smart City projects around the U.S.
"NSF's investments are helping to cultivate increasingly smart and connected communities for the future," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The effective integration of networked computing systems, physical devices, data sources, and infrastructure, all with humans in the loop, is improving the quality of life for people all across the nation."
The funding commitment includes:
- Approximately $12 million for new projects funded through US Ignite to support research leading to prototype applications that leverage gigabit and advanced networking connectivity and impact multiple national priority areas, including healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing, education and learning, and public safety. The awards will also build "living labs" that provide the support needed to scale up these prototype applications across cities and regions, leading toward an ecosystem of smart and connected communities.
- Approximately $10 million in new Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) research projects with a focus on Smart and Connected Communities and the Internet of Things.
- More than $3 million to support the creation of a new instrument--the Array of Things--in Chicago that will be the first research infrastructure to allow researchers to rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing and communications systems at scale in an urban environment.
- Nearly $2.5 million to enhance the design and operation of efficient, secure and Critical, Resilient, Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) that provide essential goods and services in the context of cities and communities.
- $2.5 million to enable NSF-funded researchers to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Global Cities Team Challenge.
- Approximately $2 million in new Smart and Connected Health research projects to accelerate the development of next-generation health care solutions to enable patient-centered care and wellness that extend to the home, workplace, and community.
- $375,000 to establish a Research Coordination Network to stimulate novel international research on how to integrate data from physical sensors, social media and other sources.
- Nearly $4 million to support academic and industry partnerships through the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program that facilitate integration of breakthrough research discoveries into human-centered service systems.