The Ministry of State, the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy, the Ministry of the Economy, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), and Luxinnovation have joined forces to offer companies and research institutions a new funding opportunity that supports consortia to take advantage of 5G communication technologies.
The specific objectives of the joint call on 5G communication technologies – 5G BRIDGES – are:
- to support innovation and sustainable value creation by stimulating strong partnerships between public research institutes and companies in to increase the company’s expertise in 5G communication technologies applications in order to enhance their use of complex data transmission in areas such as IoT, edge computing, and artificial intelligence.
- to encourage the implementation of innovative projects that contribute to the development of Luxembourg’s industrial and economic landscape and are in line with national strategic priorities.
- to increase the attractiveness of Luxembourg as an innovation hub based on advanced technological research on 5G communication technologies.
The individual objectives to which the projects shall contribute can be summarised as follows:
- to test the provision of innovative and reliable services over 5G in terms of coverage, capacity, latency, and quality of service. (generating knowledge)
- to gain experience with the operation of 5G networks and the implementation of 5G-driven services that facilitate the identification of any obstacles or bottlenecks, and research and testing of appropriate solutions. (generating and integrating knowledge)
- to test innovative applications using technologies that can be substitutes and/or complements to 5G, such as satellite communication systems or similar technologies. (generating knowledge)
The projects to be carried out within the framework of this call must be innovative, of the highest quality, and contribute to the development of Luxembourg’s industrial and economic landscape. The projects must have a positive and sustainable impact on diversifying or strengthening the companies’ future business activities and contribute to the development of business opportunities via expanding the network, and the knowledge transfer. Projects may be in the field of industrial research and/or experimental development.
The FNR will fund the costs of the eligible public research organisations in Luxembourg, up to 700.000 € per project covering all project-specific costs.
The Ministry of the Economy will co-finance costs borne by Luxembourg-eligible companies up to 700.000 € per project, using the R&D aid scheme. The project duration is a maximum of 36 months continuous period.
For public research organisations, FNR financial regulations apply.