The European Union and the United States strengthen their cooperation in the area of Future Network Systems

EU and US sign an Administrative Arrangement for research collaboration on 6G and other areas of mutual interest in Future Network Systems.

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission signed an administrative arrangement on support to collaborative Research and Innovation projects in the area of Future Network Systems at the DG CONNECT premises in Brussels, on 4 April 2024.

Through the Trade and Technology Council (TTC), the EU and the US foster collaboration in research and innovation and work towards common visions on emerging technologies. On 5th April, at the TTC ministerial meeting in Leuven, Belgium, the EU and US have adopted a common 6G vision setting out a path for leadership on this technology, building on the  6G outlook adopted in May 2023, and the industry roadmap on 6G of December 2023.

Signed in the margins of the TTC ministerial meeting, the administrative agreement will encourage and support Research and Innovation cooperation in areas of mutual interest in Future Network Systems that includes technologies to support Future Connectivity Systems, Internet-of-Things, and Next Generation Internet developments.

The EC has a long-standing collaborative research with the US National Science Foundation on internet technologies and communication networks. Research collaboration with the US NSF is an important component of the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI). The administrative arrangement will advance Research and Innovation projects involving EU teams together with USA teams on emerging topics for the EU NGI and NSF programmes, including technology development, joint demonstrators, and joint contributions to standards.

Source: European Commission (Shaping Europe’s digital future) | News & Views (