NGI Open Calls

Through an agile and flexible process, following the Horizon 2020 cascade funding mechanism, ongoingongoing NGI Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) provide support to projects from outstanding academic researchers, hi-tech startups and SMEs.

Funding is allocated to projects using short research cycles targeting the most promising ideas. Each of the selected projects pursue their own objectives, while the NGI RIAs provide the programme logic and vision, technical support, coaching and mentoring, to ensure that projects contribute towards a significant advancement of research and innovation in the NGI initiative.

The focus is on advanced concepts and technologies that link to relevant use cases and that can have an impact on the market and society over all. Applications and services that innovate without a research component are not covered by this model.

FED4FIRE+

Countinuous call “SME CASCADED EXPERIMENTS”
Opening date:Closing date:
cut-off submission dates every two weeks
26 May 2020
9 June 2020
23 June 2020
7 July 2020
cut-off submission dates every two weeks
9 June 2020
23 June 2020
7 July 2020
21 July 2020
Short description:Target participants:
Fed4FIRE+ is the largest federation worldwide of NGI testbeds, which provide open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a wide variety of different research and innovation communities and initiatives in Europe.
The goal of the Continuous Call is to make the federated infrastructure directly available for the execution of innovative projects from SMEs.
The submission process is in 2 stages:

  • 1st stage: very limited-sized proposal for a short-duration experiment with bi-weekly cut-off deadlines
  • 2nd stage: extended projects to be submitted by completed Stage 1
Proposals will only be accepted from SMEs eligible for participation in EC H2020-projects.
Proposals will only be accepted from single parties (no consortia are allowed).
Visit:For more info email:
fed4fire.eu/continuous-call

NGI FORWARD

NGI Forward’s Policy-in-Practice Fund
Opening date:Closing date:
3 April 20203 July 2020
Short description:Target participants:
NGI Forward will support experimental policy intervention or practical tool that could help empower governments to build a better internet. The NGI Forward project is awarding grants of up to €25,000 to trial bold new solutions on a local level. NGI Forward is looking to fund a minimum of four trials that put into practice our vision for a more inclusive, resilient, democratic, sustainable and trustworthy future internet by experimenting with concrete solutions on a local level, and ensuring that insights from these trials can be shared or scaled among the NGI community.Eligibility: Any organisation based in the European Union or in eligible third countries can apply. Individuals are also eligible to apply, but only as part of a consortium and cannot be the project lead.

Consortia: Applications from individual organisations are welcome, but preference goes to small consortia of 2 to 3 partners. NGI Forward is particularly keen on collaborations between government (such as cities or regional bodies) and non-government actors (such as civil society groups or SMEs).

Experience: While NGI Forward welcomes consortia that involve newer or less experienced partners, the proposal overall needs to provide evidence the intended project team has the necessary resources and skills to carry out the proposed work.

Visit:For more info email:
research.ngi.eu/policy-practice-fund

NGI ZERO DISCOVERY

NGI Zero Discovery 9th call
Opening date:Closing date:
1 June 20201 August 2020
Short description:Target participants:
NGI Zero Discovery will support new ideas and core technologies improving search and discovery. We are seeking project proposals between € 5.000 and € 50.000 – with the potential to scale them up if there is proven potential. Search and discovery are basic human needs for humans of all ages, and we would like to put powerful new technology in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and an open economy that benefits all.Projects are judged on their technical merits, strategic relevance to the Next Generation Internet and overall value for money. The key objective is to deliver potential break-through contributions to the open internet. All scientific outcomes must be published as open access, and any software and software must be published under a recognised open source license in its entirety. More information on eligibility: https://nlnet.nl/discovery/eligibility/
Visit:For more info email:
nlnet.nl/discovery

NGI ZERO PET

NGI ZERO PET 9th call
Opening date:Closing date:
1 June 20201 August 2020
Short description:Target participants:
NGI ZERO PET will assist independent researchers and developers to create powerful new technology for reliability, confidentiality, integrity and security, and to help them put it in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and an open economy that benefits all. Support is available for project proposals between € 5.000 and € 50.000 – with the potential to scale them up if there is proven potential.Projects are judged on their technical merits, strategic relevance to the Next Generation Internet and overall value for money. The key objective is to deliver potential break-through contributions to the open internet. All scientific outcomes must be published as open access, and any software and software must be published under a recognised open source license in its entirety. More information on eligibility: https://nlnet.nl/PET/eligibility/
Visit:For more info email:
nlnet.nl/PET

NGI ESSIF-Lab

eSSIF-Lab Infrastructure-oriented call
Opening date:Closing date:
1 March 202030 June 2021 (with two intermediate deadlines for evaluation on 29 June 2020 and 4 January 2021), 13:00 (CEST)
Short description:Target participants:
The European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework Lab (eSSIF-Lab) will support the development and testing of novel scalable and interoperable applications using eSSIF-Lab infrastructure or the provision of components to this infrastructure.

Solutions proposed must be in a Technology Readiness Level  (TRL) of 3 to 5 and proposed applications should fall within the Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) concept (i.e. technologies which allow individuals to control their electronic identities and guard their privacy).

Open source SSI components developed as a result of this open call will be applied at a later stage in areas such as HealthTech, e-Government, Education or by proposals in the generic track of Open Disruptive Innovation. Hence, applicants shall be willing and able to work in an agile way with a good deal of communication and interaction with other participants in the eSSIF-Lab ecosystem, together developing the eSSIF-Lab Framework and testing the interoperability of delivered components.

The call targets innovators (such as outstanding academic research groups, hi-tech start-ups and SMEs), legally established/resident in a Member State of the EU or in a H2020 associated country.

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Visit:For more info email:
essif-lab-infrastructure-oriented.fundingbox.com

NGI ATLANTIC.eu

NGIatlantic.eu Open Call for External Evaluators
Opening date:Closing date:
1 February 202029 May 2020 – Continuous submission
Short description:Target participants:
NGIatlantic.eu aims to set up an External Pool of Evaluators (EPE) of 50+ members to support the review process of the proposals received from the various Open Calls. Applicants should demonstrate experience and possess a proven track record in the technical areas which will be part of the priority topics of the NGIatlantic.eu Open Calls. The External Evaluators will work from remote and independently, in personal capacity and not on behalf of an organisation.
The EPE will be remunerated at a daily rate of 400€, or be paid on the basis of the number of proposals evaluated.
The EPE call is open for international experts in the domains spanned by NGI, coming from EU-28 + 16 Associate Countries. The NGIatlantic.eu evaluators will be selected on the basis of their expertise in NGI topics and their involvement in NGI-related efforts over the past 12-18 months. Active engagement in NGI events is a plus.
Visit:For more info email:
ngiatlantic.eu/evaluators

Also, do not miss the H2020 ICT Calls.