The Office of the Associate Dean for Research fosters the growth of research opportunities within the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. Our faculty and student researchers work on innovative solutions to complex problems in a wide range of engineering disciplines, and collaborate with industry and other academic institutions to provide research results that positively impact society.

Jonsson School Center Initiative Program

In order to foster the establishment of major collaborative centers, the Office of the ADR will provide financial support for faculty to explore planning workshops and draft multi-university/multi-investigator center grants to organizations such as the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.


NSF Key Announcements

  • Two $1M Challenge Prizes for Wireless Innovation
    NSF has announced two Challenge competitions, each with $1M in total prize money, centered around the theme of making wireless networks and services built on them more accessible to all. See for more details.
  • Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Project Office (PPO)
    NSF established the PAWR program to foster use-inspired, fundamental research and development that will move beyond current 4G LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities and enable future advanced wireless networks. More details of the announcement are at:

New NSF Solicitations and DCLs

    The Tomorrow’s Internet Project Office (TIPOFF) solicitation was announced recently. TIPOFF will assume responsibility for the operation and administration of the GENI infrastructure, as well as its future design and development. The deadline for proposals is May 02, 2017.

Upcoming NSF Workshops:

  • NSF Workshop on Future Directions in Smart Networking and Communication
    Date: May 5, 2017, Atlanta, GA, co-located with IEEE INFOCOM
    Contact: Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury (Northeastern University) or Prof. Hongyi Wu (Old Dominion University) if you are interested.
  • Workshop on Free Space Optical Networks
    Date: July 13-14, Arlington, VA
    Contact Dr. Ann von Lehman ([email protected]) if you are interested.
  • 2nd Millimeter-wave RCN Workshop
    Date: July 19-20, 2017, Madison, WI
    See for details on how to participate.
  • NeTS Early Career Investigator Workshop
    Date: mid-summer, 2017
    Contact Prof. Vyas Sekar (Carnegie Mellon University) in a month’s time for more specifics.

Funding Opportunities

Sponsor Project Description Sponsor Deadline
National Science Foundation NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
To generate an understanding of the fundamental physics principles governing the collective interactions of large numbers of charged particles, as well as issues of plasma science and engineering that can have impact in other areas or disciplines in which improved basic understanding of the plasma state is needed.
National Science Foundation Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
To spur visionary systems-oriented activities in collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative research. CCSS supports systems research in hardware, signal processing techniques, and architectures to enable the next generation of cyber-physical systems (CPS) that leverage computation, communication, and algorithms integrated with physical domains. CCSS offers new challenges at all levels of systems integration to address future societal needs.
National Science Foundation Electronics, Photonics and Magnetic Devices (EPMD)
To improve the fundamental understanding of devices and components based on the principles of micro- and nano-electronics, optics and photonics, optoelectronics, magnetics, electromechanics, electromagnetics, and related physical phenomena. The program enables discovery and innovation advancing the frontiers of nanoelectronics, spin electronics, molecular and organic electronics, bioelectronics, biomagnetics, non-silicon electronics, and flexible electronics.