Communication Infrastructure Technologies and Devices


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU)

Programme Description

The European Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) aims to ensure industrial leadership for Europe in 5G and 6G.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Communication Infrastructure Technologies and Devices


The scope covers the design of new systems and components for 6G networks.

Detailed Call Description

The focus of this Strand is on several complementary issues mentioned below and applicants may select one or more of these issues:

Troposphere Networking: The work addresses Tropospheric Networking as the new network serving all the “things” between the ground and ~20 km altitude and focus on control and communication services for the drone, urban air mobility (future urban transportation systems that move people by air), balloon, aircraft, etc. Application scenarios covering both airplanes and UAVs should be defined and both data and control requirements identified. Solutions that rely on novel device to device (D2D), mesh, and cellular solutions for different types of mobility nodes may be considered. (Further details in the Funding & Tenders portal)

Integration of Optical and Wireless Technologies of advanced light related technologies such as LEDs (light-emitting diodes), lasers, outdoor point-to-point devices (FSO — Free Space Optics), point-to-multipoint commercial applications (Li-Fi — Light Fidelity) or between devices (OCC – Optical Camera Communication) and Fiber Wireless (Fi-Wi), for the design of novel communication schemes, system architectures and protocols, in order to fully integrate these technologies in the communication infrastructure. Hybrid RF/FSO communications and sensing techniques to underpin selected verticals and applications are in scope.

Nano-Things Networking: The work addresses technologies to extend connectivity towards micro things, towards the realisation of nano-communications extending the reach of smart control to the level of small/tiny things, including molecules and cells. Materials with software-defined electromagnetic behaviour enable applications, paving the way for programmable wireless environments. The focus is on nanomaterials and nano-network architecture components (nodes, controllers, gateways) opening new prospects of usage of nano-scale things. (Further details in the Funding & Tenders portal)

Development of low-energy communication solutions: This includes system solutions that consider zero-energy, battery-free and/or disposable devices. The solutions should be able to present system and device integrated solutions relying on the principles of minimising the environmental impact of the expected billions of sensors, including concepts as RF and environmental energy harvesting, simultaneous power transfer and communications systems, eco-friendly and degradable devices (and the optimisation of the 6G system required to fully exploit these devices notwithstanding their expected limitations, providing a joint network/device design paradigm).

Packet optical technologies for 6G radio networks: Solutions for optical networks to support 6G cellular networks are being pursued, targeting high-speed, fast reconfigurable, optical enabled radio systems considering integrated solutions for backhaul and fronthaul communication. The focus should be on technologies which will be effective in operational conditions in highly dynamic and customizable environments, guaranteeing its programmability while minimising unnecessary opto-electronics transitions.
The research scope covers devices for RAN, including optical processing as an enabling technology, programmable devices, wavelength selectable optical switches, tuneable lasers and filters, as well as an efficient utilisation of packet and optical (spectrum and spatial) resources. (Further details in the Funding & Tenders portal)

Call Total Budget

€12 000 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

100% non-for-profit organisations
90% profit organisations

Expected EU contribution per topic: € 4 000 000 (€ 12 000 000)

Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Large Enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • State-owned Enterprises

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EU Contact Point

(Publish Date: 23/02/2023-for internal use only)