Next Generation Internet initiative launches a series of open calls

Looking for projects that are creating the Internet of the future

Field: R&D grant.

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative was launched by the European Commission to help drive a technological revolution that would build a future internet that’s based on the values of openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy and protection of data.

To achieve this goal, NGI has a series of on-going open calls targeting Internet researchers and innovators, including academic research groups, hi-tech startups and SMEs. The focus of the calls is on advanced research, concepts and technologies that can be quickly brought to market and coincide with the goal of creating a more human-centric Internet. Successful applicants will receive funding, as well as the necessary technical support, coaching and mentoring.

Current open calls include:

  • NGI Zero Discovery – offering between €5,000 and €50,000 in R&D grants to projects working on technologies that aim to improve online search and discovery. Call closes and immediately re-opens every 2 months. Find out more here.
  • NGI Zero PET – between €5,000 and €50,000 in R&D grants is available for innovators working on privacy and trust-enhancing technologies that will lead to a more confidential, secure Internet. Call closes and immediately re-opens every 2 months. Find out more here.
  • NGI Trust – offering up to €200,000 to projects working in fields such as the management of consent or technical innovation in privacy-enhancing technologies. The current open call closes on 1 December, the next one is scheduled to open in February 2020. More information here.
  • Ledger – offers up to €200,000 to projects building minimum viable products (MVP) using decentralised technologies based on privacy, openness and citizen data sovereignty. Call closes 31 January 2020. More information here.

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