February 14, 2020 Public Appeal for Proposals related to New R&D Themes Contributing to Expansion of Radio Wave Resources

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will hold an appeal for proposals as specified below from Saturday, February 15 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. MIC aims to utilize its results as basic data in selecting the themes of research and development (R&D) to be newly implemented from fiscal 2021 for an expansion of radio wave resources.

1. Background and purpose

MIC has been working to promote the effective use of R & D for an expansion of radio wave resources to alleviate the tightness of frequencies due to an increase in frequency demand as a result of the recent development of traffic and to promote the effective use of radio waves.
Accordingly, MIC has decided to make an appeal for proposals for new R & D issues that will contribute to an expansion of radio resources and using them as basic data on the selection of new R & D issues to be implemented from fiscal 2021.

2. Submission period

From Saturday, February 15 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020

3. Details of appeal for opinions

1. Target

The R & D themes for which MIC makes an appeal this time should meet the following requirements (i. and ii.).
However, those that overlap with R & D themes that have already been implemented, technologies that have already been developed and have no R & D elements, or combinations of these, are not eligible. For details of the R & D themes that have already been carried out, refer to the webpage for radio waves (R & D for expanding radio wave resources).
This appeal this time does not recruit R & D contractors.

  • 1.

    R & D issues related to technologies that contribute to the effective use of radio waves, i.e., 1) Technologies that efficiently use frequencies, 2) Technologies that promote shared use of frequencies, and 3) Technologies that promote the transition to higher frequencies). For example, the following technologies are applicable.

    • 1.
      Technologies for efficient use of radio waves, such as the compression of currently used frequency bands
    • 2.
      Technologies that enable the joint use of new wireless systems under existing wireless systems
    • 3.
      Technologies to pioneer technical and economical use of high-frequency bands such as the high-microwave band, millimeter-wave band, and terahertz band, and promote migration to these frequency bands
  • 2.
    R & D themes must be completed within approximately five years.

2. Proposal method

There are no particular restrictions on the eligibility of proposals.
An applicant should fill out the required information in Word in Japanese and submit it by email or mail by the deadline.
(Submission address)
Central Gov’t Building No.2 10F
2-1-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8926, Japan
Development Office, Radio Policy Division, Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau, MIC
Tel.: 03-5253-5876
Email: wireless-rd_atmark_ml.soumu.go.jp
(@ is expresses as _atmark_ in order to prevent spam mails. When you send e-mail, please change _atmark_ to @).
(Submission deadline)
No later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Opinions, if submitted by mail, must arrive no later than the same day.)

  • 1.
    The content of proposals submitted will be utilized as basic data for considering projects to be newly implemented from FY2021 for R&D for future expansion of radio wave resources. In this process, the Development Office may inquire about the content of your proposal.
  • 2.
    The MIC will request the budget for necessary amount for R&D theses which have been decided to be given priority among those submitted, through the assessment committee, etc. by academic experts (around July 2021) toward implementation of the R&D from FY2021.


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