The NGI Initiative: An Internet of Humans

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is a European Commission initiative that aims to shape the development and evolution of the Internet into an Internet of Humans. An Internet that responds to people’s fundamental needs, including trust, security, and inclusion, while reflecting the values and the norms all citizens enjoy in Europe.

Initial EC investment in NGI research and innovation of more than €250m (2018-2020) has already supported around 1,000 Internet researchers and innovators involved in many hundreds of projects.

Support goes beyond financing, to mentoring and the journey from an idea to a real business.

The EC announced renewed EU finding for NGI under Horizon Europe. For the period 2021-2022, the EC will dedicate EUR 62m to support top Internet innovators in the areas of Trust and Data Sovereignty on the Internet; Trustworthy Open Search and Discovery; Internet Architecture and Decentralised Technologies; as well as enhanced EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation and collaboration.

AN INTERNET OF TRUST FIT FOR THE DIGITAL AGE.

As Europe enters the Digital Decade with a focus on recovery from a global pandemic, NGI Internet innovations consider people’s privacy concerns first and foremost, for an Internet we can trust laying the groundwork of a Europe that is fit for the Digital Age.

NGI supports the EC vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030 including secure and sustainable digital infrastructures, digital transformation of businesses and public services and digital skills. This is backed by the rules that the EU has set in the areas of data protection, cybersecurity and electronic identity.

GET YOUR IDEA FUNDED

RESILIENT. SUSTAINABLE. OPEN.

The Next Generation Internet fosters diversity and decentralisation and grows the potential for a sustainably open environment for our cultures and economies, celebrating our values, promoting creativity and respecting the environment.

NGI supports the upgrading of Internet infrastructure for better security and privacy. Projects also cover ways to increase network performances and make the Internet more energy efficient.

Open-source software is at the heart of many NGI projects which make an important contribution to the open source community.

LET’S RE-INVENT INTERNET TO REACH THE FULL HUMAN POTENTIAL, FOR ALL GENERATIONS.

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