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.
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.
NGI Pointer coordinator: Mirko Presser <>