Notice of Open to the Public Meetings of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program

February 20, 2020

Federal Register Notice:  85 FR 9811


The NITRD Program holds meetings that are open to the public to attend. The Joint Engineering Team (JET) and Middleware And Grid Interagency Coordination (MAGIC) Team provide an opportunity for the public to engage and participate in information sharing with Federal agencies. The JET and MAGIC Team report to the NITRD Large Scale Networking (LSN) Interagency Working Group (IWG)... READ MORE

NITRD Supports Computer Science Education Week

December 13, 2019

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program and participating agencies prioritize computer science (CS) education and workforce development (EdW) for all ages and abilities. They champion a diverse, inclusive, well-trained workforce capable of creating, using, and sustaining the information technology (IT) ecosystem of the future.

The NITRD program coordinates Federal CS and IT R&D program areas that range from cybersecurity (CSIA) and artificial intelligence (AI) to large-scale networking (LSN) and data (LSDMA). Almost all NITRD Program Component Areas have an EdW component; NITRD member agencies reported a total of $174.5 million in EdW R&D investments in FY2019... READ MORE

Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (2019)

December 10, 2019

View Full Text: Federal-Cybersecurity-RD-Strategic-Plan-2019.pdf

This 2019 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan supersedes the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan. The Plan aims to coordinate and guide federally funded R&D in cybersecurity, including development of consensus-based standards and best practices. The Plan identifies four interrelated defensive capabilities (deter, protect, detect, and respond) and six priority areas for cybersecurity R&D (artificial intelligence, quantum information science, trustworthy distributed digital infrastructure, privacy, secure hardware and software, and education and workforce development) as the focusing structure for Federal cybersecurity R&D activities and investments to benefit the Nation.

View Full Text: Federal-Cybersecurity-RD-Strategic-Plan-2019.pdf

2016–2019 Progress Report: Advancing Artificial Intelligence R&D

November 20, 2019

View Full Text: AI-Research-and-Development-Progress-Report-2016-2019.pdf

This document reports current trends and examples of Federal R&D investments, program information, and activities in artificial intelligence that directly address the R&D challenges and opportunities noted in The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan: 2019 Update, available at

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National Strategic Computing Initiative Update: Pioneering the Future of Computing

November 14, 2019

View Full Text: National-Strategic-Computing-Initiative-Update-2019.pdf

The National Strategic Computing Initiative Update builds on the 2016 Strategic Computing Plan to enable focused and collaborative research, development, and deployment of future computing technologies to benefit the Nation. Realizing the successes of the National Strategic Computing Initiative to date, this update examines steps beyond those already implemented for realizing a computing ecosystem that combines heterogeneous computing systems (from extreme-scale to edge-centered systems and beyond) with the networking, hardware, software, data, and expertise required to support national security and defense as well as U.S. scientific, engineering, and economic leadership.

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Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs

September 30, 2019

View Full Text: WSRD-Spectrum-Security-WorkshopSummary-2019.pdf

Communications over the wireless medium pose security threats that are yet to be fully understood. It is currently possible for attackers that are within the wireless range to hijack or intercept an unprotected connection without being detected. With the advent of sophisticated cognitive radios and wireless devices, and applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, small satellites, driverless cars, and wireless healthcare devices, security threats to wireless mobile communications systems are rapidly increasing. As 5G, low-power wide area networks, and other emerging systems are deployed, innovative protective technologies and policies are needed.

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group (IWG), which is co-chaired by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), held a workshop, Security from a Wireless Spectrum Perspective: Technology Innovation and Policy Research Needs, on September 13, 2018, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the workshop was to share insights and build relationships across Federal agencies and between the public, private, and academic sectors on the topic of wireless mobile device security. The 35 workshop participants represented a balanced cross-section of stakeholders involved in, or impacted by, this area of research.

View Full Text: WSRD-Spectrum-Security-WorkshopSummary-2019.pdf