NGI: Frequently Asked Questions

This Frequently Asked Question page provides answers to popular questions about the Next Generation Internet (NGI). Questions are grouped into sections by theme:

  • Next Generation Internet – NGI overview;
    • What is NGI
    • NGI Research and Innovation Actions
    • NGI Projects
  • NGI interactive map;
  • NGI Workshops;
  • NGI Contact Points.


The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative aims to shape the development of the Internet of tomorrow into an Internet of humans that responds to people’s fundamental needs, including trust, security and inclusion, and reflects the values and the norms that we enjoy in Europe.

The NGI initiative aims to build the key technology blocks of a human-centric Internet, which gives end-users full control of their personal data. Through advanced technologies, new decentralised business and social models will ensure secure and trustworthy access for all.

The mission of NGI is to re-imagine and re-engineer the Internet. The information age should enable human potential, mobility and creativity in an inclusive way – while dealing responsibly with our natural resources.

The Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative (NGI), is a key priority in H2020 ICT work programme 2018-2020 (WP2018-20) covering eight technology oriented topics calls with an agile and dynamic approach to Research and Innovation in the Internet.

NGI uses cascading grants to support individual teams of researchers or startups in short research cycles with a clear aim to quickly bring research results to the market.

The EC’s ‘NGI Key Priority’ covers additional related topics beyond the NGI Initiative in the areas of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Future media, Interactive technologies, Language technologies and inclusion.

For more information, consult the NGI Brochure.

NGI proposed a new approach to Internet research (agile and dynamic using cascading grants) that can be applied to any technology area under NGI.

For the WP 2018, we have selected three areas that will be focus of the initial activities:

  • Privacy and trust enhancing technologies
  • Decentralized data governance; and
  • Discovery and identification technologies.

In addition, we will launch in the coming months an open consultation to select three additional areas where the NGI activities of the NGI call in autumn 2019 will focus on. This reflects that it is important to become active NOW, especially to engage the relevant stakeholders to take an active part in the NGI ecosystem to shape the future internet further.

Obviously, communication networks are a critical component of any future Internet development. However, for the remaining of H2020 this area has already defined its own R&I roadmap under the 5G PPP. This is the reason why networks are not currently included under the ‘NGI Key Priority’ but it remains as an own ‘5G Key Priority’ in the current WP 2018-20 which covers several calls related to 5G. So far, 5G and the ‘NGI Key Priority’ will be separate initiatives in H2020. For the next framework programme it could be considered to integrate them under the NGI initiative, even if it is still too early to say. The same applies to big data or computing infrastructures. We will promote collaboration and sharing of information.

Most of the ICT initiatives in H2020 are based on roadmap based R&I. This implies that in the early phase of the programme some commitments are made already for the next years (e.g. 5G PPP). The WP 2018-20 was the first possibility to implement the ‘NGI initiative’ by aligning the ‘NGI vision’ to those technology areas that are now under the ‘NGI Key Priority’; and by launching the ‘Next Generation Internet – An open Internet initiative’ as a new approach to Internet research (agile and dynamic using cascading grants).

The centres in the slide correspond to the three NGI areas selected for the WP 2018 (as explained in the answer to question 2 above). As it is also indicated there, for the WP 2019 three new areas will be selected in an open consultation process (indicated in the slide as ‘???’), so we still do not know which areas these will be.

The update to the WP 2019 where the three new areas will be indicated will be published after the summer 2018. The suggestions for these NGI centres will come from the stakeholders – this shows that the NGI approach is a stakeholder-bottom-up-driven approach.

NGI Workshops

Influence the NGI topics by:

  • registering in the NGI map
  • follow the NGI initiative on twitter @NGI4eu and be always up-to-date via our interactive NGI Futurium page
  • taking part in the open consultation process and ‘have your say’
  • take part in relevant NGI workshops/events
  • provide us you views, e.g. write your statement papers and publish them on Futurium
  • stay in close contact with your NGI contact points

The activities will be backed by the HUB4NGI Support Action who has appointed a rapporteur specifically for this task (Mr Timo Lahnalampi, [email protected]; [email protected]). The NGI Contact Point liaises with the rapporteur about the developments. A final report on all activities will be issued by the rapporteur end of 2017.

The outcomes of the workshops will help the EC to shape the future Internet and to implement these outcomes especially in the NGI (long-term) roadmap, which means in particular first of all they will help us for the topics in the short research cycles of the NGI call 2018 of the WP 2018-20, the further NGI centres/topics of the WP2018-20 (call 2019), the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027 (FP9)) and other actions.


Possible funding for NGI in the WP 2018-2020 = NGI initiative (WP text will be published in October):

ICT-24 2018: Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative

Research & Innovation actions: 21.5 Mio. EUR

  • Privacy and trust enhancing technologies
  • Decentralized data governance
  • Discovery and identification

Coordination and support actions: 7.0 Mio. EUR

  • Technology Strategy & Policy
  • Technology Harvest & Transfer
  • Outreach Office

ICT-24 2019: Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative

Research&Innovation actions: 21.5 Mio. EUR

  • Topics/ centres to be announced in autumn 2018

ICT-31 2018: EU-US collaboration on NGI

Coordination and support actions: 2.5 Mio. EUR

ICT-31 2019: EU-US collaboration on NGI

Research&Innovation actions: 3.5 Mio. EUR

Horizon 2020 list of countries and applicable rules for funding document is available at:

UK Participation in Horizon 2020 from 1 February, 2020

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for the implementation of Union programmes and activities committed under the MFF for the years 2014-2020 and previous financial perspectives.  As a consequence, UK entities remain eligible for grants and procurement procedures as if the UK was a member state for the entirety of the Horizon 2020 framework programme and previous framework programmes. This also applies to financial support to third parties according to Article 204 FR (cascading grants), and applies for the duration of H2020 projects.

Further information:

Questions related to the general funding:

Contact the ICT National Contact points in your country:

You should note that the implementation of the NGI projects using cascading grants establishes two types of beneficiaries:

  • Those running the R&I Actions (NGI centres) who will set the research agenda for the topic and will launch the calls for third party projects
  • The third parties (sub-grantees) who will implement the research. Here there is a focus on top researchers, hi-tech startups and SMEs who have the capacity to set the course of Internet evolution.

Funding will be available in future calls:

Calls of the WP 2018-20:

  • NGI call 2018: 31 Oct 2017 (RIAs + CSAs)
  • NGI call 2019: 16 Oct 2018 (RIAs)

To get to know more about the ICT-LEIT work programme 2018-20 and especially the NGI Calls you could participate (or follow online) the ICT Proposers Day 2017 that will take place on 9 and 10 November in Budapest.

You can also get information from your NCP (National Contact Point). To find the NCPs please check the web-link at:

This scheme allows a part of the budget to be set aside by the consortium for third parties, entities that are not part of the consortium, through an Open Call for proposals or as a prize for a contest (inducement prize). Here, “Open” means “open to the public”: any entity fulfilling each call’s rules can apply.

This scheme allows direct support to individual organisations (a research team, a startup, etc.). It does not require a consortium of at least three partners. It is a more agile and dynamic process that can be implemented in small projects with short research cycles, which is better fit to Internet research.

The plan for the first call (2018) is as follows: opening of the call on 31 October 2017; closing of the call on 17 April 2018; projects will start in autumn 2018. We engage them to implement a strategy to be active from day one on and to be immediately able to fund researchers/ hi-tech startups and their ideas/proposals through the system of cascading grants.

For the funding procedures please see the visuals in the answer of question no. 15.

For the Research and Innovation (R&I) actions and the procedure of cascade funding:
In each of the Research & Innovation topics of the WP 2018-20 the Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. As a reference, 80% of the EU funding should be allocated to financial support to the third parties, through projects typically in the EUR 50 000 to 200 000[1] range with duration of 9 to 12 months. Each ‘R&I Action’ is expected to run several cycles of third party projects, which requires an overall duration of 24 to 36 months.

[1] In line with Article 23 (7) of the Rules for Participation the amounts referred to in Article 137 of the Financial Regulation may be exceeded, and if this is the case proposals should explain why this is necessary to achieve the objectives of the action.

Project phase

The IPRs are agreed between project consortium beneficiaries in the project Consortium Agreement (CA). To learn more about the Horizon 2020 rules regarding intellectual property, please read the related articles of Section 3 of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement.

On intellectual property issues, you can also turn to European IPR Helpdesk for assistance.