Support for 5G Innovation Continues with Third Call for Projects

Luxembourg welcomes submissions in the area of 5G communication technologies


On November 15, 2023, companies and research institutions could officially begin submitting entries to Luxembourg’s “joint call for 5G communication technologies projects,” part of a proven initiative that helps turn 5G technology into operational pilot projects capable of benefiting society.


The first two editions, launched in 2019 and 2021, respectively, led to the selection of 11 pilot projects with the potential to provide impactful solutions in diverse sectors, ranging from healthcare to environment.


The latest 5G call for projects is organized and supported by the Ministry of State’s Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy; the Ministry of the Economy; the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR); and Luxinnovation.


The selection committee welcomes projects that align with one of four core topics, all falling under the umbrella of 5G communication technologies: smart environment, smart cities, Industry 4.0 and technologies.


“Luxembourg is full of innovators with the ideas and skills needed to make 5G work for society,” explains Anne-Catherine Ries, Director, Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy. “By identifying the projects that align with our economic and societal priorities and supporting them financially, we are fast-tracking strategic innovation.”


Applicants have until February 9, 2024 to submit their projects via Luxinnovation’s dedicated platform, where project owners will be connected with public research organizations.


By encouraging public-private partnerships, the call for projects hopes to accelerate the transition to 5G (or comparable) communication technologies.


Shortlisted projects will face a second application phase that runs from March 25 to May 23, 2024. At that point, a panel of experts will help make the final selection, scheduled to be announced in October 2024. 


“The pilot projects that result from each call for projects illustrate the types of challenges 5G can help us solve,” Ries adds. “This initiative helps turn a powerful technology into solutions that benefit our everyday lives.”

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