NGI Open Calls

Through an agile and flexible process, following the Horizon Europe cascade funding mechanism, ongoing 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.

NGI SEARCH

NGI Search 5th Open Call
“Let’s build a trusted Internet for the digital age, through open-source search projects.”

Opening date: 29th May 2024

Closing date: 29th July 2024


Short description:

There is up to €150,000 available in this call for you. We are looking for those who can strongly demonstrate that they contribute towards the scope of NGI SEARCH – that is to change the way we use and experience, search and discover data and resources on the internet and web.

Target participants: Open Call applicants can be entrepreneurs, tech-geeks, developers, socially engaged people, SMEs (including newly established entities), research entities, academic research groups, non-profit entities, etc.

Visit:
getonepass.eu/opportunities

Contact for more info:
[email protected]

NGI ZERO CORE

NGI Zero Core 7th Open Call
“Upgrade the open Internet architecture”

Opening date: 1st April 2024

Closing date: 1st June 2024, 12:00pm (noon) CEST (Brussels Time)


Short description:

We are looking for troubleshooters that help society tackle the ossification of the internet and other hard but very very important challenges, each of which has significant social and economic consequences. We need new ideas and disruptive core technologies, while at the same time evolving and growing existing technologies that are still enough future-proof. The project results become available under an open source license, so anyone can read and validate the source code, and anyone can use the code to create technology that fits their own purposes. The right to reuse and right to repair not only allow for unrestricted scrutiny and permissionless innovation, but also help to reduce e-waste. And the use of standards enables interoperability and redundancy in implementation to reduce the risk of compromise and failure.

We are seeking project proposals between 5.000 and 50.000 euro’s — with the possibility to scale them up if there is proven potential. Reliability, confidentiality, integrity, security, and resource efficiency should be the ‘new normal’ of the internet, something ordinary users should not have to worry about — users should be in control. So let’s make it happen.

Target participants: We assist SMEs, academics, public sector, non-profits and individuals to create powerful new technologies, and to help them put it in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and a sustainable and open economy that benefits all. Have a look at otherNGI Zero programmes to see the kind of efforts we mean, but don’t be afraid to send something completely different if you think you can contribute to the topic — it really is an open call.

Visit:
nlnet.nl/core

Contact for more info:
nlnet.nl/contact

NGI ZERO COMMONS FUND

NGI Zero Commons Fund 2nd Open Call
“Reclaim the public nature of the internet”

Opening date: 1st April 2024

Closing date: 1st June 2024, 12:00pm (noon) CEST (Brussels Time)


Short description:

The goal of the NGI Zero Commons Fund is to help deliver, mature and scale new internet commons across the whole technology spectrum, from libre silicon to middleware, from P2P infrastructure to convenient end user applications.

Free and open source software and hardware, open standards, open data & AI, open science, creative commons and open educational resources are democratising innovation and learning, and are together driving society and industry forward at an unprecedented pace.

Between now and 2027 we will award small to medium-size R&D grants between 5.000 and 50.000 euro — with the possibility to scale them up significantly if there is proven potential. Besides grants we offer support services to improve the quality and maturity of digital commons. Grantees can request support with security, privacy, accessibility, open source licensing compliance, standardisation and more. In total the NGI Zero Commons Fund will distribute 21.6 million euros of R&D on technology commons that improve openness, trustworthiness, resilience and user autonomy, and make these available as free/libre/opensource software and hardware.

Target participants: The call is open to SMEs, academics, public sector, non-profits, communities and individuals. Outcomes must be open: all scientific outcomes must be published as open access, and any software and hardware must be published under a recognised open source license in its entirety.
We assist researchers and developers to create powerful technologies, and to help them put it in the hands of future generations as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and a sustainable and open economy that benefits all.

Visit:
nlnet.nl/commonsfund/

Contact for more info:
nlnet.nl/contact

NGI TALER

NGI Taler 2nd Open Call
“Privacy-preserving digital payments”

Opening date: 1st April 2024

Closing date: 1st June 2024, 12:00pm (noon) CEST (Brussels Time)


Short description:

NGI TALER is a project funded by the European Commission and the Swiss State to roll out a new electronic payment system that benefits everyone: people, merchants, banks, financial authorities, auditors and anti-corruption researchers. The project doesn’t start from scratch, but builds on the strong foundations of GNU Taler — the privacy-preserving digital payment system developed by the GNU community and Taler Systems SA.

We invite your contributions to help reshape the state of play of digital payment systems, and to help create an open, trustworthy and reliable internet for all. Of course you can contribute exciting new capabilities to GNU Taler itself, build auxiliary tools or work on user experience, but you could also developing integrations into FOSS applications and open standards (enabling P2P micropayments in for instance an instant messenger, open social media platform or video conferencing tool), or develop improvements to infrastructure components like merchant backends.

Target participants: The call is open to SMEs, academics, public sector, non-profits, communities and individuals. Outcomes must be open: all scientific outcomes must be published as open access, and any software and hardware must be published under a recognised open source license in its entirety.
Part of the budget of NGI TALER is reserved for open calls to fund additional free and open source efforts that are aligned with the topics and approach of NGI TALER.
We are seeking project proposals between 5.000 and 50.000 euro’s — if the project works out well you can subsequently scale up in other NGI programmes.

Visit:
nlnet.nl/taler/

Contact for more info:
nlnet.nl/contact

NGI MOBIFREE

NGI Mobifree 2nd Open Call
“Working towards mobile freedom”

Opening date: 1st April 2024

Closing date: 1st June 2024, 12:00pm (noon) CEST (Brussels Time)


Short description:

NGI Mobifree is a pilot programme designed to push beyond the status quo of mobile software, and create a virtuous cycle of innovation through free and open source software, libre hardware and open standards. It has brought together a number of the “movers and shakers” of the open mobile ecosystem, in order to deliver a comprensive development effort and advance a number of important free and open source technologies.

Target participants: The call is open to SMEs, academics, public sector, non-profits, communities and individuals. Outcomes must be open: all scientific outcomes must be published as open access, and any software and hardware must be published under a recognised open source license in its entirety.
Part of the budget of NGI Mobifree is reserved for open calls to fund additional free and open source efforts that are aligned with the topics and approach of NGI Mobifree.
We are looking for projects who are bringing solutions for an open mobile ecosystem closer. We are seeking project proposals between 5.000 and 50.000 euro’s.

Visit:
nlnet.nl/mobifree

Contact for more info:
nlnet.nl/contact

NGI TRUSTCHAIN

NGI TrustChain 4th Open Call

Opening date: 15th May 2024

Closing date: 17th July 2024, 5pm CEST (Brussels time)


Short description:

The TrustChain Open Call 4 (OC4) topic is “Multi chains support for NGI protocols”. The objective of this OC is to design and build the gateways that will make it possible to transfer knowledge/ metadata/ data/ process/ requirements from one chain to another in a trustworthy and secure manner. Interoperability across multiple chains, privacy by design, trustworthiness by design, scalability, greenness, openness, and legal compliance should be carefully considered.

Target participants:

Developers, innovators, researchers, SMEs and entrepreneurs

Visit:
trustchain.ngi.eu/open-call-4

Contact for more info:
[email protected]

NGI Zero Review

NGI Zero Review Open Call
Supporting quality and maturity of digital commons.

Opening date: 1st August 2022

Closing date: 31st July 2025


Short description:
NGI Zero Review is a three year support programme offering various targeted services to free and open source projects within the Next Generation Internet initiative.

Goal is to improve the quality and inclusiveness of these projects, and make them more sustainable where possible by supporting the most promising ideas to live up to high standards (sometimes called “walk the talk”) in terms of security, privacy, accessibility, open source licensing compliance, standardisation, etc.

Target participants: The NGI Zero Review program is open to grantees withing the NGI initiative. Available to free and open source projects if the project has received a grant from the Next Generation Internet initiative, and contributes to the vision of the Next Generation Internet.

Visit:
nlnet.nl/NGI0/review/

Contact for more info:
nlnet.nl/NGI0/review/

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