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The 4th Japan-EU Joint Call

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December 28, 2017

National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

In collaboration between NICT and the European Commission, the 4th Japan-EU Joint Call in now open in the topics of “Advanced technologies (Security/Cloud/IoT/BigData) for a hyper-connected society in the context of Smart City” and “5G and beyond”.

NICT is providing funding for two topics in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 scheme run by the European Commission. Research under these topics must be collaborations between Japanese and European institutions. NICT will provide funding for the Japanese side.

About the Japan-EU Joint Call

In the first Call, NICT collaborated with the European Commission programme FP7* and supported projects in 3 topics. The 2nd call took place in FY2014 under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020** programme, the 3rd in 2016, and this 4th Call is happening in continuation of this collaboration.

*A research funding programme run by the European Commission from 2007-2013 under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). The budget for FP7 is around 50 000 million euros.

**A new Research and Innovation programme started in 2014 serving as a continuation of FP7. This programme has a 7-year duration ending in 2020, and a total budget of 80 000 million euros. An overview of Horizon 2020 can be found in the website below.


Research topics and time period

There are 2 topics under this time’s Call.

1. Advanced technologies combining Security, IoT, Cloud and Big data for a hyper-connected society (Topic no. 195)
This topic is for practical R&D and demonstration experiments in advanced technologies combining security, IoT, Cloud and Big Data, in such areas as: agility against emerging threats; automatic vulnerability discovery and patching; open-sourcing of security tools; IoT security; cloud security; data security; privacy protection; data anonymization; blockchain in the context of IoT/Cloud; critical information infrastructure protection, cross border application demonstrations; etc.

2. Joint research on enabling technologies for beyond 5G (Topic no. 196)
This topic is for joint research in telecommunications systems and networks using cutting-edge photonic and wireless technology to further develop 5G mobile technology, such as radio-based backhaul/fronthaul links in the millimeter or sub-millimeter wave bands to support super high rate applications, > 100 Gb/s, and targeting use new of very high frequency, notably spectrum > 275 GHz.

Research period: 36 months from start of contract

Prerequisite conditions: Must include both Japanese and EU research institutions participating

Funding amount: maximum 62 million yen per year per project (including tax)

Number of projects selected: 1 per topic

Call open period

October 31 2017 (Tues) – January 31 2018 (Wed.) (deadline 12:00 noon Japan time)

Further details

Further details on the research topics as well as downloadable application documents can be found on the webpage below (Japanese only).

European Commission official page for EU-Japan Joint Call:,topics=callIdentifier/t/H2020-EUJ-2018/1/1/1/default-group&callStatus/t/Forthcoming/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Open/1/1/0/default-group&callStatus/t/Closed/1/1/0/default-group&+identifier/desc

You can also apply through the Cross-ministerial Research and Development Management System (e-Rad).

Information about NICT’s commissioned research can be found in the webpage below. (Japanese only)

MIC-funded Joint Call topics

Under the same Call, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is funding the following two topics as part of their “Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme”:
1. Advanced technologies (Security, Cloud, IoT, Big Data) for a hyper-connected society in the context of Smart City (Interoperable technologies of IoT devices/platforms in the context of Smart Cities)
2. 5G and beyond (Large-scale demonstrations and trials towards 5G applications)

For details, please check the website below (Japanese only)