NGI-POINTER’ aims to find ambitious “NGI architects” to change the underlying fabric of the internet and the web, by supporting promising bottom-up projects that are able to build, on top of state-of-the-art research, scalable protocols and tools to assist in the practical transition or migration to new or updated technologies, whilst keeping European Values at the core.
The project started in January 2020 and will end in December 2022. Concerning the open calls NGI POINTER will select 28 Internet / NGI Architects in at least 2 cut-off dates along the period from April 2020 to June 2021, that once selected will enter into a 12-month support framework programme, across different stages that will be tailored to the beneficiaries needs.
What are NGI Architects?
As a general description (more detailed to come with the open calls), these shall be defined as “people with an ambition of changing the Internet and Web with European Values at the core” and they can be Researchers, Activists, Open Source, Hackers, SW/HW developers, acting on an individual basis or under an established entity, so both natural and legal persons will be eligible for funding.
NGI Pointer will fund very open topics but around the following specific predefined areas: Privacy-by-design; Internet of Things; Network optimization; Virtualization and isolation; Limitations in the TCP/IP protocol suite; eCommerce security; Autnomous Network operations and control; and Energy Efficiency.
NGI Pointer is a project with a total budget of 7M€ with 5,6M€ dedicated to cascade funding where each project can receive up to 200K€.
Led by Aarhus University (DK), that will coordinate the overall project and business coaching support to beneficiaries, and counting on three additional partners: Linknovate (ES), in charge of architects, experts and mentors scouting; FundingBox (PL) in charge of open calls and community management; and Digital Worx (DE), in charge of technical support to the NGI architects.