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About NGI Zero

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Paving the way to the Next Generation Internet

The internet has grown very important to our societies, but there is much to be improved — and in many places we need fundamentally better technologies to protect our security, our privacy and our way of life. NGI Zero is a joint not-for-profit effort by a coalition of organisations that supports the development of technology commons as building blocks for the Next Generation Internet initiative. NGI Zero is led by NLnet foundation, a public benefit organisation established by pioneers of the European internet to support the development of an open information society.

NGI Zero supports strategic technology R&D, more in particular the development of free/libre/open source software and hardware, and the establishment of open standards and open data - technologies that can be used, studied, modified and shared by anyone for any purpose. Through these five programmes a total of over 50 million euro is being granted to hundreds of independent researchers and open source developers working on a better internet. A fifth programme — NGI Zero Review — supports the wider NGI community with various services that help to mature these technology commons.

NGI Zero grant programmes

The current grant programmes run by NGI Zero are:

  • NGI0 Core
    Moving the architecture of the Internet and openness of technology forward
    A light-weight grant programme available to both individuals and organisations of any type. Check out the programme description.
  • NGI0 Commons Fund
    Reclaim the public nature of the internet
    Small and medium-sized R&D grants between 5.000 and 50.000 euro, with the possibility to scale up. Available to both individuals and organisations of any type. You can apply at any time in the rolling open calls with a deadline every two months.
  • NGI0 Entrust
    Trustworthiness and Data Sovereignty
    A light-weight grant programme available to both individuals and organisations of any type. The programme is in its closing phase and the final call has closed. Check out the ongoing projects funded by NGI0 Entrust.

Support services offered by NGI Zero

  • NGI Zero Review
    Supporting quality and maturity of digital commons
    The NGI Zero coalition offers support services to free and open source projects such as accessibility and security audits, community building and mentoring, copyright and license due diligence, packaging and more. Note that this fund is only open to projects which have received funding within the Next Generation Internet initiative.

Next Generation Internet initiative

NGI Zero is part of a key initiative by the European Commission centered around establishing a Next Generation Internet. This "internet of the future" should be able to address the many security, privacy and operational issues of todays internet. If we have the freedom to re-imagine and re-engineer the internet, how can we make a future version of it be more inclusive and bring out the best in all of us?

Previous grant programmes run by NGI Zero:

Note that if you are interested in NGI Zero, you also might be interested in its sister programme NGI Assure. NGI Assure aims to make the internet more reliable and trustworthy through open source building blocks that provide strong assurances. Check out the ongoing projects within NGI Assure.

More about NGI Assure

Who is behind NGI Zero?

NGI0 consists of a world class coalition of not-for-profit organizations that support the researchers and developers with their expertise on security and code quality, accessibility (making technology available to everyone, including people with disabilities), localisation/internationalisation (to increase language diversity on the internet), packaging and reproducible builds, documentation, responsible disclosure, diversity, community building and more.

See all the coalition partners involved across all programmes. Or check out the partners per programme below.

Free resources from NGI Zero

Best practices for secure, accessible, localized, inclusive technology

While the focus of NGI Zero is on producing relevant technological building blocks, we are happy to share the things we learned too. The lessons learned and best practices developed by NGI Zero are publicly available for everyone to learn from and build on. Below you can find the currently available documentation. We will keep this this page up to date when new content becomes available, so you why not bookmark this page:

FSFE with the help of ifrOSS have prepared the following best practices and tutorials on software licensing, compliance, trademarks:


NGI Zero is made possible with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology. NGI Zero receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 825310, 825322, 101069594, 101070519, 101092990 and 101135429.