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TOPIC : 5G – Next Generation Communication Networks

Topic identifier: EUJ-01-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
Opening date:
20 October 2015
Deadline: 19 January 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Bold 5G initiatives in both EU and Japan open industrial collaboration prospects to further progress with the objective of developing common positions, standards and interoperable systems for critical networks and computing platforms. Proposals with balanced participation of EU and Japanese partners should make a substantial contribution to the identified themes indicating the benefits of a joint effort.

Progress on standards related technologies and system approaches are needed to realise 5G radio access and include ultra-lean signalling design, new spectrum and access methods, massive MIMO, a new air interface, and SON. It also requires to further valorise the themes made in the first two EU-Japan coordinated calls with co-funding scheme between EC and MIC/NICT, to achieve high speed/high capacity dense local networks and user environments. Unified network management applying SDN/NFV techniques is directly applicable in the context of this challenge


Research and Innovation Actions

Two aspects that are complementing each other are in scope:

  • 5G technologies and systems to realize high-performance heterogeneous networks which have dynamic resource allocation capabilities, superior spectral efficiency performances and functions of supporting a very wide range of application requirements. The work focuses on interoperability across heterogeneous networking implementation, on the basis of agreement on the overall testing and evaluation methodologies and the identification of related evaluation criteria and parameters and usage scenarios. This work is expected to visibly contribute to the overall evaluation methodology of 5G technologies carried out by 3GPP. It includes both below and above 6GHz relevant frequency bands in the context of global interoperability scenarios.
  • 5G network to control heavy dynamicity, which change traffic volume and characteristic as well as traffic growth, with agile and flexible control or management scheme such as SDN/NFV. The Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies with networks controlled by software, automatically is targeted for advancing networks, as well as the Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) to virtualize entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may be connected, or chained, together to create telecommunication services. They draw out the performance of 5G and are essential to manage the networks in the near future. The work focuses on the earliest networks by SDN and NFV in the world, on the overall testing and evaluation SDN network management and the result of related evaluation will contribute to to relevant standardisation (i.e. ONF, ITU, 3GPP). This work is expected to visibly contribute to the overall evaluation methodology of 5G technologies carried out by 3GPP.

Sharing the results in common testbeds and applications may be targeted, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics may be considered as a deployment scenario of 5G networks or technologies.

A strong focus should be given towards a common standardization roadmap for 5G which may start with 3GPP R14, including coordinated and common standards in the SDN/NFV domain. Standardization impact through EU and Japanese research efforts are addressed through H2020 as well as 5GMF (5G Mobile Communication Promotion Forum) and should also be relevant in the context of the WRC’19 5G spectrum process.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU up to EUR 1.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately by two distinct projects. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one action per bullet point will be funded.

Expected Impact:
  • Optimised exploitation of access resources through interoperability across a range of technologies for multiple applications in both dense and rural environments.
  • Development and demonstration of key enabling technologies for the future generations of integrated/heterogeneous access network systems.
  • Joint identification of standardization requirements and contribution to standardization bodies and fora, supporting global views on open standards and interoperability, with particular focus on 3GPP and WRC'19 developments. It includes a significant contribution to the testing and evaluation methodologies of 5G access technologies under 3GPP.
  • New basic technologies for network management. Implementation acceleration through agile relocation and flexible reconnection of virtual network functions (VFN) with real-time monitoring as proof of concepts.
Cross-cutting Priorities:

International cooperation

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    Additional admissibility criterion:

    - Participants in the EU collaborative projects are required to conclude a coordination agreement with the participants in the coordinated project funded by MIC (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) or NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology). A final draft of this agreement has to be provided with the proposal.

    Additional eligibility criteria:

    - Proposals submitted to this call which do not include coordination with a Japanese proposal submitted to MIC or NICT for evaluation will be considered ineligible.
    - The proposed project duration shall not exceed 36 months.
    - The Japanese authorities can consider non-eligible proposals with participation of partners from third countries (countries other than Japan, EU and Associated states). Consultation to MIC or NICT representatives is highly advisable before submitting proposals involving third country organisations.
    - Proposals will only be selected on the condition that their corresponding coordinated Japanese project will be funded by MIC or NICT.

    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme with the following exceptions:

    Criterion 3 "Quality and efficiency of the implementation": additional evaluation sub-criterion: Balanced effort between the two coordinated projects and a research plan properly involving coordinated research activities between Europe and Japan, that ensure a more genuine EU-Japan cooperation and represent an added value to the activities.

    Criterion 2 "Impact": additional evaluation sub-criterion: Standards are an important element in the field of international cooperation. Beyond access to additional research capability, international cooperation in the context of industrial research should have global consensus and standards as a main target. Contribution to the elaboration of new standards or adoption of standards through implementation of research results.

    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    A specific proposal template will be used in this call.
    A specific evaluation form will be used in this call.
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement

  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

  8. Additional documents:

    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 - Regulation of Establishment
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation
    Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme


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