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Biden-Harris Administration Awards $13M from Wireless Innovation Fund

November 28, 2023
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WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded $13 million in the second round of grants from the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund’s first Notice of Funding Opportunity. 

The $1.5 billion Wireless Innovation Fund supports the development of open and interoperable wireless networks as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda. Open and interoperable wireless equipment will help drive competition, strengthen global supply chain resilience and lower costs for consumers and network operators. 

“We need to lead on innovation in wireless technology to create a more secure, resilient supply chain, boost our economic competitiveness, and protect our national security,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Wireless Innovation Fund will drive innovation in open and interoperable networks, helping ensure America leads the world in critical next generation wireless technologies.” 

The development of new, open-architecture approaches to wireless networks will help to ensure that future wireless equipment is built by the U.S. and its global allies and partners – not vendors from nations that threaten national security.

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“The transition to open, interoperable wireless networks is now well on its way — bringing with it greater security, competition, and resiliency,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson. “The Wireless Innovation Fund will accelerate this shift by supporting the foundational research and testing needed for this crucial technology.” 

This second round of funding will support research and development of new and improved testing methods for open and interoperable networks. The projects focus on advancing security and energy efficiency testing, automating the testing process, and leveraging artificial intelligence to improve network and software testing.  

The funding totals $13,008,526 and was awarded to seven projects across six states. NTIA previously awarded nearly $5.5 million in the first round of funding in August, bringing the total of Wireless Innovation Fund awards to more than $18 million.  

Funded by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, the Innovation Fund will invest $1.5 billion over the next decade to support the development of open and interoperable networks. NTIA will make up to $140.5 million in grants available on a rolling basis from the first Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Energy Efficiency


R&D Sub-Type

Funding Amount

Project Title and Description

Open Networking Foundtation Energy Efficiency


5G Energy Efficiency: Metrics, Models, and Systems Tests
In partnership with Rutgers WINLAB, this project will develop testing methods that assess the energy consumption and efficiency of individual 5G network components and end-to-end Open RAN architectures. 



R&D Subtype

Funding Amount

Project Title and Description

Northeastern University Automation


DigiRAN: High-Fidelity Digital Twins for Interoperability, Security and Performance Testing of Open RAN Systems
DigiRAN is a digital framework that enables diverse, low-cost, and automated testing of three core components for 5G Open RAN: interoperability, performance, and security.

Michigan State University Automation


AI-Enabled Efficient Testing and Evaluation for RU, DU, and CU Components of 5G Radio Access Networks
This project will formulate AI-assisted testing methods for network components like the radio unit (RU) and design an AI-based testing software framework to automate broader 5G Open RAN testing.



R&D Subtype

Funding Amount

Project Title and Description

Mississippi State University Security/Cybersecurity


Testing Methods R&D on Security Metrics, Measures, and Test Procedures for Accessible and Customizable Testing 
This project will create test user equipment that evaluates 5G and Open RAN security in a standard UMTS air interface.

Booz Allen Hamilton Security/Cybersecurity


Enhancing O-RAN Systems Against Sophisticated Attacks
This project will identify test methods that can advance state-of-the-art Open RAN security and defend open networks against sophisticated threats.

Improved Testing Methods


R&D Subtype

Funding Amount

Project Title and Description

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Improved Testing Methods - Network Functions


Learning-Based ORAN Testing
This project will leverage a neural network to develop a unified approach to O-RAN testing, focused especially on finding common baselines for key performance metrics.

PhasorLab Improved Testing Methods - Equipment/Software


5GLM: A Large Language Model to Simulate UE Models at Scale with Applications to Realistic ORAN Network Testing
With support from Parallel Wireless and Cimulate, this project will construct a large language model (LLM) that can accurately simulate and model user equipment for 5G use cases.


About the National Telecommunications and Information Administration   

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.