EC Calls

This page is dedicated to all EC calls related to the NGI Initiative.
Get more detailed information about the NGI calls 2019 in the current WP 2018-20.

The Participants’ Portal is the place to get more information about how to participate. The calls are open from 16 October 2018 and will close on 28 March 2019.


ICT 24 Next Generation Internet – An Open Internet Initiative

Research and Innovation (R&I) Actions: 21.5 Million

For the call closing in 2019 ‘R&I Actions’ in the following three sub-topics will be called for. Proposals should address only one of these sub-topics.

Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities: addressing critical challenges related to increasing trust in the internet such as authentication, authorisation, traceability, privacy and confidentiality in personal and non-personal interactions. This topic will engineer federated and/or decentralised technologies for supporting internet-wide e-identities with various levels of identification, reputation and trust, to serve as a basis for new business models for verifying and valuating personal data. Proposers should pay attention to the following dimensions: scalability, ease of use, deployability, sustainability, standardisation and compatibility with the eIDAS framework.

Service and data portability: this topic will address the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR and the data porting and service provider switching as foreseen in the proposed free flow of non-personal data regulation. The topic should cover the separation of data from the services provided to the end-users, with a view to ensure seamless combination of internet services and frictionless switching. Attention should be paid to technological developments, standardisation of personal profiles, practical handling of data sets mixing personal and non-personal data, operational and business models, as well as techno-legal constraints and the simplification of end-user contracts and terms of use.

Open Internet architecture renovation: supporting communities of developers in ensuring Internet architecture evolution towards better efficiency, scalability, security and resilience. Auditing, testing and improving protocols and open source software and hardware that are used to manage the Internet, with renewed design goals such as isolation of contingencies, redundancy and self-repair, disruption tolerance, transparency, better real-time behaviour and energy efficiency. Ability to roll-out at Internet scale should be assessed as part of the proposed solutions. ‘R&I Actions’ should encourage, when relevant, open source software and open hardware design, access to data, standardisation activities, access to testing and operational infrastructure as well as an IPR regime ensuring lasting impact and reusability of results. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. As a reference, 80% of the EU funding should be allocated to financial support to the third parties, through projects typically in the EUR 50 000 to 200 000 range with duration of 9 to 12 months. Each ‘R&I Action’ is expected to run several cycles of third party projects, which requires an overall duration of 24 to 36 months.

In the call closing in 2019, at least one proposal will be selected  in each of the three sub-topics (i-b, ii-b and iii-b).


ICT 31 EU-US collaboration on NGI

Research and Innovation (R&I) Action: 3.5 Million

Common experiments by EU/US teams on emerging topics for the Next Generation Internet / Tomorrow’s Internet programmes on top of EU/US experimental platforms. For grants awarded under this topic for Research and Innovation actions beneficiaries may provide support to third parties as described in part K of the General Annexes of the Work Programme.
The support to third parties can only be provided in the form of grants. The respective options of Article 15.1 and Article 15.3 of the Model Grant Agreement will be applied. Only organisations established in the EU and associated countries will be eligible for European Commission funding.
The Commission considers that proposals for Research and Innovation actions requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 3.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. As a reference, 80% of the EU funding should be allocated to financial support for the third parties. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Other Calls related to NGI:

A number of technological trends will thoroughly reshape the internet over the next 10-15 years. Europe should drive this technology revolution while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric. An internet for the people, that contributes to a more sustainable and inclusive society.

Increasingly these technological trends influence each other and a programme targeted towards the Next Generation Internet must consider them in a holistic way.

ICT-30-2019-2020: An empowering, inclusive Next Generation Internet

Innovation Action (IA): Digital Learning Incubator for personalised and inclusive digital learning (7 Million)
Coordination and Support Action (CSA): stimulate the collaboration, identify:

  • emerging research challenges, notably those arising from digital certification of learning outcomes and blockchain technologies and their uptake for a more inclusive and personalised learning;
  • address legal, organisational and technological challenges underpinning the uptake of the proposed solutions, notably in relation to their scalability;
  • make policy recommendations in view of the priorities of the next programme for research, innovation and deployment (1 Million)