NTRA's R&D Department was established in 2007 with key objectives of supporting national research activities in the area of telecommunications. It has been watching for and keeping pace with emerging telecom technologies and applications, and bridging the gap between academic activities and technical developments from one perspective and policy visions and market needs from another.
Towards achieving such goals, NTRA has been launching several programs, including:
The Department periodically announces call for research proposals on topics in line with worldwide trends and of interest to NTRA, the industrial community, and public needs.
It conducts studies independently or in collaboration with other entities for technology assessment, implementation of national projects, and assisting the decision making at NTRA.
NTRA puts an eye on developing youth skills through sponsoring graduation projects, hosting summer training sessions, offering a specialized Telecommunications course within the curriculum of communications departments, and offering seminars on special topics at universities.
The Department effectively participates in and contributes to international meetings, conferences and standardization activities.