Thompson Rivers University

Funding Opportunity: Ericsson Request for Proposals

  Posted on: September 15, 2016

Ericsson invites Canadian universities to submit research project proposals with the purpose of strengthening Canada’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ecosystem and enhancing its vision of a networked society. The results of the research should serve to improve Ericsson’s business in Canada and internationally. The areas of focus include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Operator Support Systems – OSS
  • Business Support Systems – BSS
  • TV and Media Systems
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Network Function Virtualization – NFV
  • Software Defined Networks – SDN
  • 5G
  • LTE
  • Context Aware Communications
  • Media Coding
  • Data & Knowledge
  • Security
  • Internet of Things
  • User Experience
  • Next generation IP network
  • Next generation fixed and mobile broadband technologies (ie. 5G)
  • Heterogeneous networks and small cells
  • Smart Grid communications
  • Software engineering
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Internet of the future
  • Business model research
  • Social implications of a networked society
  • Energy efficiency of infrastructure
  • Virtualization
  • Smart Cities
  • Content Distribution Networks
  • Data Center Architecture & Management
  • Applications of networked society such as e-health, m-health, intelligent transportation systems, security or cyber-security

The RFP is for well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers, their students and collaborators. Direct project costs are shared by Ericsson and potentially funding agency such as Mitacs or NSERC, depending on eligibility.

While a majority of the awards are for one year, projects may range from one year to two years in duration. The projects can be at any point in the R&D spectrum that is consistent with the university’s research, training and technology transfer mandate. Eligible projects include focused projects with specific short to medium term objectives. All proposals require evidence of detailed planning, sound budget justification and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables.

Projects that focus on the application of existing technology, provide routine analysis, collect data without interpreting underlying mechanisms, or provide professional practice or consulting services (contract research) are not eligible. Similarly, proposals that involve the set-up and operational management of an institute, a formal or informal group of researchers, or that are principally associated with the acquisition and maintenance of scientific equipment will not be considered.

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RFP Proposal Submission Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016

Estimated RFP Response Review Period by Ericsson: Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, 2016

Estimated Final Decision Made and Research Project Selected: December 2016


If you are interested in this opportunity please contact:

Dr. Anita Sharma, Research Grants Development Officer

Dr. Megan Prins, Research Grants Development Officer