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International Joint R&D Program

There is a need to establish an international cooperation framework with reliable foreign governments, corporations, etc. as strategic partners—with whom synergies can be created—at an early stage of the Promotion Strategy, to conduct joint R&D of cutting-edge constituent technologies for realizing Beyond 5G, and to work on international standardization.
This program promotes international joint R&D projects of cutting-edge constituent technologies conducted in collaboration with such partners in the technology fields where coordination is possible.

The target technologies to be developed through the open-call sponsored research projects of this program are those for realizing the following key features of Beyond 5G specified in the Promotion Strategy: ultra fast & large capacity, ultra low latency, ultra numerous connectivity, autonomy, scalability, ultra security and resiliency, ultra low power consumption. We called for proposals of projects to be implemented in collaboration with foreign partners and domestic organizations, such as research institutes.

For the evaluation of the R&D project proposals, we will particularly focus on the framework of collaboration with foreign organizations such as research institutes, contribution to international standardization efforts, etc.
The R&D period is set, in principle, as within 3 years from the start date of the R&D activities. The annual budget size (the planned amount to be covered by NICT) per proposal is set as an amount between tens of millions yen and hundreds of millions yen, and the specific amount is determined based on the scale of each R&D project.

Beyond 5G International Joint R&D Program (5 issues): List of Selected Institutes

R&D Issues Research institutes
(○: Representative research institute)
Issue 04201 R&D of channel models and applications for the terahertz band supporting Beyond 5G ultra-high-capacity wireless communication

Sharp CorporationKyoto University, The University of Tokyo

U.S. collaborators::
U.S. carriers and research institutes

Issue 04301 R&D of 300GHz terahertz networks in collaboration with European partners

Gifu UniversityWaseda University, Chiba Institute of Technology

European collaborators::
Technical University of Braunschweig, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics, Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, University Lille 1, University of Stuttgart

European research implementation collaborator::
VIVID Components Ltd.

Issue 04401 Open and secure Beyond 5G mobile data offloading using next generation public wireless LAN roaming

Kyoto UniversityLocal24 Inc., Tohoku University, National Institute of Informatics

European collaborator::
GÉANT*An organization consisting of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) across Europe. Supported by the European Committee, GÉANT provides pan-European as well as global networks and services for research and education.

Issue 05501 R&D of wide-area collaboration and floating cyber-physical systems for realizing low latency and autonomy

Kyushu Institute of TechnologyKDDI Research, Inc.

U.S. collaborator:
The City College of New York

Issue 05601 An ecosystem for sustainable self-growth of digital twins that support City as a Service

Waseda UniversityShibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Technology, Gaiax Co., Ltd., Fukuoka University

European collaborator:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy