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NGI Zero Coalition Partners

Paving the way to the Next Generation Internet

NGI Zero is a joint not-for-profit effort by a coalition of organisations that want to support the development of technology commons as building blocks for the Next Generation Internet initiative. The NGI Zero coalition, led by NLnet foundation, runs multiple grant programmes. These are all the NGI0 partners across all grant programmes.

APELL (Association Professionnelle Européenne du Logiciel Libre) is Europe’s Open Source Business Association. APELL brings national Open Source Software (‘OSS’) organisations together into a European network to provide them with peer support and collective marketing, as well as capacity building and policy support for public affairs, both nationally and on the EU-level.

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is a global network and organisation that strives towards easy and affordable access to a free and open internet to improve the lives of people and create a more just world. The APC network has 62 organisational members and 29 associates active in 74 countries and five continents.

The Faculty of Information Technology of Brno University of Technology represents the second-largest technical university in the Czech Republic. It comprises 8 faculties with more than 23,000 students and 3,000 staff members.

Center for the Cultivation of Technology (CCT) is a charitable non-profit host organization for international Free Software projects with ample experience in mentoring and nurturing early stage projects.

Commons Caretakers BV (CCBV) is a not-for-profit company that provides targeted support to commons efforts - development of open source software, open hardware, open education materials and more. CCBV brings together domain experts, mentors and multidisciplinary thinkers and strategists.

Free Silicon Foundation (FSi) promotes Free and Open Source (FOS) CAD tools for designing integrated circuits, sharing of hardware designs and libraries, common standards and the freedom of users in the context of silicon integrated circuits. Organisers of the Free Silicon Conference.

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is an association that builds its work on over 1,500 volunteers and supporters throughout Europe, all dedicated to free and open source software. Facilitates the world’s largest network of over 400 lawyers and technologists with an interest in legal matters around free and open source software and hardware. FSFE maintains the leading Reuse.Software best practices on copyright assignment, and within RIANAME helps projects to apply these – both with tooling and hands-on work.

HAN University of Applied Sciences, dept. Inclusive Design & Engineering - one of the core competence building centres of accessibility in the Netherlands, with significant in-house expertise on accessibility auditing.

Internet Society Switzerland ( is a recognized Chapter of the global Internet Society, founded in 1992. With a global membership of > 100 000 members and aims to ensure a multi-stakeholder participation in the development of the Internet. ISOC has the goal to benefit the whole community, including academic, professional, business and private Internet users.

NixOS Foundation - Foundation supporting development and use of purely functional configuration management tools, in particular NixOS and related projects.

NLnet Foundation - Grantmaking public benefit organisation founded by pioneers of the early European internet.

OpenForum Europe (OFE) is a European open source software and open standard not-for-profit think tank. Its key objective is to contribute to achieve an open and competitive Digital ecosystem in Europe. OFE advises European policy-makers and legislators on the merits of openness in computing and provides technical analysis and explanation.

OW2 is an independent, global, open-source software community that fosters open source projects and actually delivers software. The only such non-profit open source organisation of EU origin and DNA.

Petites Singularités - Non profit organisation working with free sofware and focusing on collective practices.

Radically Open Security (ROS) is the world’s first not-for-profit computer security consultancy company. Worked for major clients such as Mozilla, Google, the European Commission and Open Technology Fund. Co-operated the security auditing part of the emergency tech review facility for the European Commission on contact tracing and other COVID related technologies.

Tolerant Networks - a Trinity College Dublin campus company focused on robust interoperable communications mechanisms for extreme and unpredictable environments, which delivers its standardisation experience.

In addition we collaborate with:

  • Accessibility Foundation - Center of expertise on accessibility of internet and other digital media for all people, including the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Translate House - Develops and implements open source localization solutions
  • ifrOSS - Provides not-for-profit legal services and studies in the context of free and open source software


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 and 101092990.