NGI Open Calls

Through an agile and flexible process, following the Horizon 2020 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.

FED4FIRE+

Countinuous call “SME CASCADED EXPERIMENTS” | Stage 1

Opening date: STAGE 1 – Continuous submission with the following cut-off dates:

  • 19 January 2021
  • 2 February 2021
  • 16 February 2021
  • 2 March 2021

Closing date: STAGE 1 – Cut-off submission dates every two weeks (with few exceptions):

  • 2 February 2021
  • 16 February 2021
  • 2 March 2021
  • 16 March 2021

Short description: Fed4FIRE+ is the largest federation worldwide of NGI testbeds, which provides open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a 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 for stage 1 requires a very limited-sized proposal for a short-duration experiment.

Target participants: 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: www.fed4fire.eu/continuous-call

Contact for more info: [email protected]

FED4FIRE+

Countinuous call “SME CASCADED EXPERIMENTS” | Stage 2

Opening date:  STAGE 2 –  For projects that successfully passed stage 1: 15 January 2021

Closing date: STAGE 2 – For projects that successfully passed stage 1: 13 April 2021, 17:00 CET

Short description: Fed4FIRE+ is the largest federation worldwide of NGI testbeds, which provides open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a 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 to stage 2 is open ONLY to successful proposals from stage 1.

Target participants: 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: www.fed4fire.eu/continuous-call-stage-2

Contact for more info: [email protected]

TETRA

Opening date: 30 October 2020

Closing date: Continuous submission

Short description: With TETRA, NGI beneficiaries can benefit from the consulting services of Tenderio Plus. The selected supported project teams will benefit, for a period of 6 monthsfrom the following:

  • Access to numerous new tenders every day
  • Follow potential customers anywhere in the world
  • Do not miss any relevant tender opportunity due to short deadlines
  • Match with local qualified bid writers with proven track record
  • Match with relevant legal experts from the country of their tender
  • Find out the names of companies who won previous tenders in their sector
  • Benchmark yourselves against competitors

TRUBLO

NGI TruBlo 1st Open Call

Opening date: 18 January 2021

Closing date: 19 March 2021, 17:00 CET

Short description: TruBlo programme aims to nurture and facilitate beyond the state-of-the-art research on blockchain technology which will lead to more scalable blockchain-based solutions and applications, that will contribute to ensuring the exchange of trustworthy and reliable content on social networks and media. The objective of TruBlo Open Call 1 is to invite academic teams, researchers, SMEs and startups to define and implement small scale research projects on two related focus areas:

  1. Trust and reputation models on blockchains
    This focus area targets innovative applications, technologies, technical approaches and methodologies that increase the levels of trust in blockchain-based information exchange, with emphasis on user generated content on the Internet and social media, considering also data from IoT infrastructures.
  1. Proof-of-validity and proof-of-location
    This focus area is on innovative mechanisms to increase transparency and trustworthiness of user generated genuine content. The users, as being part of a blockchain, can apply additional verification mechanisms to increase transparency, validity and high level of trustworthiness, such as Proof- of-Location and Proof-of Validity.

Selected third parties can get up to €175k, access to specialised knowledge, technology, capital and markets and the opportunity to be engaged in a 15-month programme divided in 2 phases to develop and pilot their solution.

Target participants: The target audience of TruBlo Open Call 1 – are researchers, innovators and developers either as natural person(s) or from academia as well as from high tech companies including SMEs, legally established in an EU Member State, H2020 associated countries or Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) linked to the Member States.

Visit: www.trublo.eu

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ASSURE (NGI GO2S)

NGI ASSURE 1st Open Call

Opening date: 1 December 2020

Closing date: 1 February 2021, 12:00 pm CET (noon)

Short description: The goal of NGI Assure is to support projects that design and engineer reusable building blocks for the Next Generation Internet. NGI Assure is looking for building blocks that contribute to providing such assurances include quantum-proof cryptography, public key infrastructure, (augmented) authenticated key exchange, ratchet mechanisms (such as the Noise protocol) that securely chain key material, distributed hash tables and DAGs to make P2P interaction more secure, conflict-free replicated data types, mixnets and onion routing mechanisms, consensus protocols, distributed ledgers and (post) blockchain technologies that create redundant data sets managed independently by mutually distrustful parties, a priori usage control, symbolic and formal proofs, and tamperproof open hardware implementations of core cryptographic primitives. The work needs to become available under free and open-source licenses.

We are seeking project proposals between 5.000 and 50.000 euro’s – with the potential to scale them up if there is proven potential.

Target participants: We are looking for technical R&D projects that provide some form of assurance regarding any aspect of the internet and the way we use it today or will use it tomorrow. The technology you propose should be relevant to the long term evolution of the internet and in the interest of actual internet users in the real world. Show us that your idea solves a problem, and what you need to make it happen.

Visit: www.assure.ngi.eu/open-calls

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ATLANTIC.EU

NGIatlantic.eu 3rd Open Call

Opening date: 1 December 2020

Closing date: 26 February 2021

Short description: The main goal of the NGIatlantic.eu Open Calls is to incentivize EU – US NGI teams to carry out experiments using EU and/or US based experimental platforms. This will take the form of funding to be provided through a cascade grant process for the EU counterparts of the teams formed. The topics of the call. For this third call, proposals will address one or both the priority areas identified: (i) the development and/or evolution of EU – US Experimental Platforms for NGI experiments, and/or (ii) experimentation of results with key NGI technologies addressing NGI priority topics where results are mature enough for transatlantic experiments.

Target participants: The Open Call is open to any private and public organisation of any size (not individual researchers) located within the EU Member States or Associated Countries and twinned with a US counterpart to carry out the activities proposed, across the topics of Privacy and Trust enhancing technologies, Decentralised data governance, Discovery and identification technologies, Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities, Greening the Internet: A Sustainable and Climate-friendly NGI.

Visit: ngiatlantic.eu/ngiatlanticeu-3rd-open-call

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI EXPLORERS

NGI Explorers 3rd Open Call

Opening date: 1 December 2020

Closing date: 26 February 2021

Short description: The program is sponsoring European Top researchers and innovators (called Explorers) to join a unique technology expedition in the US. Our Explorers will gain the skills, build the network and find the sustainability necessary to transform Europe into the powerhouse of the Next Generation Internet. 3/5 months expedition to the USA 100% sponsorship Mentorship service to help you throughout your journey.

Target participants: Researchers, Innovators.

Application Options:
Open Ideas – you apply with your own project idea, choose up to 3 US Nodes from our network, and we do the matching.
Challenge – you apply to an idea pre-defined by a US Node from our network.
Paired Teams – you apply with your own project idea and bring us a new US Node interested in your project.

Visit: explorers.ngi.eu/apply-now

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI DAPSI

Data Portability and Services Incubator – 2nd Open Call

Opening date: 20 November 2020

Closing date: 20 January 2021, 12:00 pm CET (noon)

Short description: DAPSI 2nd Open Call aims at selecting projects to develop solutions and services in the Data Portability field to tackle issues such as service portability, data compatibility & interoperability, security & privacy and among others.

The selected third parties can get grants up to €150k and participate in a 9-month supporting programme divided in two phases, where experts in diverse fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and a vibrant ecosystem.

Target participants: The target audience of this call are:

  • Internet technologists, researchers and innovators
  • Researchers and developers employed in third-level education institutes, research infrastructures, non-profit organisations and charitable (scientific) foundations and research centres or enterprises among others.

These expert profiles can apply as individuals or linked to a legal entity. Hence, the participation is possible in two ways:

  • Natural person(s):
    One or more individuals (team), established in any eligible country. This does not consider the country of origin but the residence permit.
  • Legal entity:
    one or more entities (consortium), established in an eligible country, such as, universities, research centres, NGOs, foundations, micro, small and medium sized enterprises working on internet or/and other related technologies are eligible. (Large enterprises cannot participate).
  • any combination of the above.

Visit: dapsi.ngi.eu/apply

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ZERO DISCOVERY

NGI Zero Discovery 13th call

Opening date: 1 December 2020 (next 1 February 2021)

Closing date: 1 February 2021 (next 1 April 2021)

Short description: 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.

Target participants: 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: nlnet.nl/discovery

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ESSIF-LAB

eSSIF-Lab Infrastructure-oriented call

Opening date: 1 March 2020

Closing date: 30 June 2021 (with two intermediate deadlines for evaluation on 29 June 2020 and 4 January 2021), 13:00 (CEST)

Short description: 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.

Target participants: 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.

Visit: essif-lab-infrastructure-oriented.fundingbox.com

Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ATLANTIC.EU

NGIatlantic.eu Open Call for External Evaluators

Opening date: 1 February 2020

Closing date: Continuous submission

Short description: 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.

Target participants: 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: ngiatlantic.eu/evaluators

Contact for more info: [email protected]