NGI0 Commons Fund: European Commission’s €21.6 Million Investment in Open Digital Technologies

The NGI Zero coalition, spearheaded by NLnet Foundation, has announced the launch of the NGI Zero Commons Fund, set to award over €21.6 million in grants for the development of open digital technologies. This marks the most substantial commitment from the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative since its inception in 2019.

The NGI Zero Commons Fund focuses on supporting independent software engineers and researchers dedicated to creating digital commons – accessible building blocks for all. The program, open to both individuals and organisations, emphasises the development of technology commons across various domains, from libre silicon chips to privacy-friendly augmented reality and AI.

A unique aspect of the NGI Zero Commons Fund is its agile R&D granting process, offering small grants ranging from €5,000 and €50,000 euro to support grassroots efforts as drivers for change.

Interested parties can find more information on the NGI Zero Commons webpage. The first open call opens in February 2024, with subsequent opportunities every two months until the budget is fully allocated. Find all NGI open calls here.

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