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.



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

  • 30 March 2021

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

  • 27 April 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 or from other parties (also not restricted to SMEs) who have successfully completed an experiment or project in the framework of one of the Open calls of any of the other NGI-projects: NGI Pointer, NGI Assure, NGI0 Discovery, NGI ESSIF-Lab, NGI Atlantic.EU, LEDGER, NGI DAPSI, NGI TRUST, NGI ZERO, NGI EXPLORERS, NGI0-PET, Ontochain and TREBLO. The submission requires a very limited-sized proposal for a short-duration experiment.

Target participants: Proposals will only be accepted from a single party eligible for participation in EC H2020-projects. Proposals can only be accepted from:

  • SMEs;
  • Parties who have successfully participated in one of the Open Calls of an H2020 NGI project.


Contact for more info: [email protected]

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).


Contact for more info: [email protected]


NGI ASSURE 3rd Open Call

Opening date: 1 April 2021, 12:00 PM CET (Brussels time) (next 1 June 2021)

Closing date: 1 June 2021, 12:00 PM CET (Brussels time) (next 1 August 2021)

Short description: The goal of NGI Assure is to support projects that design and engineer reusable building blocks for the Next Generation Internet as part of a complete, strong chain of assurances for all stakeholders regarding the source and integrity of identities, identifiers, data, cyber-physical systems, service components and processes. Furthermore, contributions can be made to address underlying real-world challenges in deploying and validating such building blocks, such as energy efficiency and sustainability, scalability and throughput, security, privacy/confidentiality, plausible deniability, robustness and crypto-agility, side-channel resistance, interoperability, governance and compliance to regulatory frameworks – where needed to turn the above into reproducible and trustworthy end-to-end solutions that can withstand the hostile battlegrounds of the modern internet.

We are looking for projects that have research and development as primary objective and that commit to generate open knowledge and open source building blocks relevant to developers, operators and users across all kinds of public and private application domains that have standardization potential.

Target participants: Anyone that can bring a relevant contribution to the topics of NGI Assure can apply, whether you are a natural person or an organisation of any type that wants to improve and further
develop Distributed Ledger Technologies, advanced blockchain technologies and related enabling technologies.


Contact for more info: [email protected]


NGI Zero Discovery 15th call

Opening date: 1 April 2021 (next 1 June 2021)

Closing date: 1 June 2021 (next 1 August 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:


Contact for more info: [email protected]


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.


Contact for more info: [email protected]

NGI ATLANTIC.EU Open Call for External Evaluators

Opening date: 1 February 2020

Closing date: Continuous submission

Short description: 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 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 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.


Contact for more info: [email protected]


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