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.
1st call “Paired Teams”
The NGI Transatlantic Fellowship program is seeking to engage NGI Researchers and Innovators
Opening date: 30 November 2022
Closing date: 31 January 2023
Short description: The NGI Transatlantic Fellowship program is seeking to engage NGI Researchers and Innovators, both with a technical or social sciences and humanities background. Applicants can find general information on the fellowship programme on the European applicants – NGI Enrichers page.
The 1st Call for Paired teams will select up to 12 applicants. The selected applicants will spend 3-6 months in the US or Canada to collaborate with the Host organisations, enhancing knowledge-sharing and establishing long-term collaborations on NGI technologies, services, and standards.
The NGI Transatlantic Fellowship program is seeking to engage NGI Researchers and Innovators, including researchers with technical background, or Social Sciences and the Humanities (SSH) background, or from other multidisciplinary fields e.g. working at the intersection of social and natural sciences.
Contact for more info: https://enrichers.ngi.eu/contact/
NGI ASSURE 13th Open Call
Trust is the basis for social value and self-organisation, but technical assurances are what help make it trustworthy.
Opening date: 1st December 2022
Closing date: 15th February 2023, 12:00 PM CEST (Brussels time)
Short description: NGI Assure is looking for building blocks that contribute to providing such assurances include (but are not limited to) 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 looking for deep tech components; the outcomes of NGI Assure shall contribute towards identifying and solving current issues, but do not need to provide a complete solution by themselves. NGI Assure enables collaboration among humans without unjustified trust.
We need your contributions to help reshape the state of play, and to help create an open, trustworthy and reliable internet for all. And of course such contributions do not happen automatically. This is why we will award 5.6 million Euro in small to medium-size R&D grants towards R&D efforts and free and open source projects that can deliver the above. We are looking for new ideas and core technologies that help society tackle hard but very very important questions, each of which has significant social and economic consequences.
We are seeking project proposals between 5 000 and 50 000 Euro – with the potential to scale them up if there is proven potential. Instead of just handing over problems we would like to put powerful new solutions in the hands of future generations, as building blocks for a fair and democratic society and an open economy that benefits all. Today we create the internet of tomorrow, with ideas that even yesterday might have seemed impossible to many. Don’t be afraid to send something completely out of the box if you think you can contribute to this topic.
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. You can remain anonymous during the evaluation, if you so desire.
Contact for more info: www.assure.ngi.eu
NGI Zero Entrust
NGI ZERO ENTRUST 4th Open Call
Trustworthiness and data sovereignty
Opening date: 1st December 2022
Closing date: 1st February 2023, 12:00 PM CEST (Brussels time)
Short description: We need a more resilient, trustworthy and open internet, empowering the end-users. Trust is only justified and sustainable if it the technology in question is up for the job, and is secure-by-design as well as trustworthy. Much of the software, services and devices does not measure up, and it is quite unlikely this will just improve by itself. NGI0 Entrust is designed to move beyond the status quo and create a virtuous cycle of innovation through free and open source software, libre hardware and open standards. If we want everyone to use and benefit from the internet to its full potential without holding back, the internet must be built on strong and transparent technologies that allow for permissionless innovation and are equally accessible to all.
Target participants: Independent researchers and developers 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.
Contact for more info: nlnet.nl/entrust
NGI Search 1st Open Call
Become an NGI Searcher! We are looking for entrepreneurs, tech-geeks, developers, socially engaged people, SMEs, research organisations, academic research groups, non-profit organisations, to change the way we search and discover data and information on the Internet.
Opening date: 1st December 2022
Closing date: 1st of February 2023, at 17:00 CET
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.
Selected projects will benefit in a number of ways:
- Joining the NGI SEARCH Support Programme with a duration of up to 12 months
- Receiving funding of up to €50,000 if the applicant is a natural person applying on their behalf or up to €150,000 if the applicant is applying as an organisation
- Option to receive Technical, Business and Innovation mentoring provided by the NGI Search project partners
Target participants: Open Call applicants can be entrepreneurs, tech-geeks, developers, socially engaged people, SMEs (including newly established organisations), research organisations, academic research groups, non-profit organisations etc.
For the purposes of the application process, applicant types are divided into two main groups:
- Natural Persons who reside in an EU Member State or in Horizon Europe Associated Countries
- Organisations officially registered in an EU Member State or in Horizon Europe Associated Countries
The project also accepts consortia of natural persons, consortia of organisations or consortia of natural persons and organisations, meeting the eligibility criteria described above. However, there is a limit of 3 members per team.
Contact for more info: https://spaces.fundingbox.com/spaces/the-next-generation-internet-ngi-community-ngi-search
NGI Zero Core
NGI Zero Core 1st Open Call
We want a more resilient, trustworthy and open internet. We want to empower end-users. Given the speed at which the ‘twin transition’ is taking place, we need a greener internet and more sustainable services sooner rather than later. Neither will happen at global scale without protocol evolution, which — as the case of three decades of IPv6 introduction demonstrates — is extremely challenging. NGI0 Core is designed to push beyond the status quo and create a virtuous cycle of innovation through free and open source software, libre hardware and open standards. If we want everyone to use and benefit from the internet to its full potential without holding back, the internet must be built on strong and transparent technologies that allow for permissionless innovation and are equally accessible to all.
Opening date: 1st February 2023
Closing date: April 1st 2023 12:00 CET
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 independent researchers and developers 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 other NGI Zeroprogrammes 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.
Contact for more info: nlnet.nl/core/