On June 8, CTTC’s Director of EU Programmes and Industrial contracts, Dr. Carles Antón-Haro participated in a panel discussion of R&D funding agencies at the Int’l Conference on Audio Speech and Signal Processing (IEEE ICASSP). He acted as a representative of the European 6G Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS-JU) of which Governing Board he is an elected member. The panel on one hand was aimed at presenting funding opportunities in the area of signal processing with emphasis in international collaborations, and, on the other, at exchanging views and best practices. The panel counted with several program directors and high-rank officers of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory in the US, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) agency, the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology in Israel. ICASSP is the flagship conference of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The interest in this year’s edition has exceeded all expectations, with a record-breaking participation of more than 3700 in-person attendees from both academia and the industry.