The National Science Foundation is investing a total of $25 million to support the second phase of five projects that aim to enhance 5G network infrastructure.
The grants, which were awarded by the NSF Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, are part of the Convergence Accelerator Track G program, the foundation said Thursday.
The studies include protecting 5G communications from exposure to adversaries, using human-centered artificial intelligence to improve 5G connectivity for warfighters and first responders, and developing zero trust technology to enable secure situational awareness sharing in military operations.
Douglas Maughan, head of the Convergence Accelerator, said the program prioritizes solutions that he described as “high-impact”. He also explained that, under the current phase, the grant awardees will work not only to develop prototypes but formulate sustainability plans as well, in order to guarantee success beyond the program.