NGI Zero Discovery Eligibility information

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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.

30% Technical excellence/feasibility
40% Relevance/Impact/Strategic potential
30% Cost effectiveness/Value for money


Project proposals are written in English and:

All projects that fail on any of these knock-out criteria, will not be further reviewed and will be marked ineligible.

List of different types of activities

The following types of activities qualify for financial support, provided they are cost effective and have a clear link to the topics directly relevant to NGI0 and the objectives set out in the call:

Definition of persons or categories of persons which may receive financial support

There are no categorical exclusions of persons who may not receive support from NGI0.

Given equal proposals, inhabitants of the EU and its associated countries are given priority, however if the project is of exceptional quality and the proposer holds unique technical expertise proposals from outside of those geographic areas can be eligible as well.

Young people that have not yet reached the age of legal consent in their country of origin (typically 18 years old) on the date of the deadline may apply without any constraints; consent from a legal guardian such as a parent does not have to be provided prior to initial submission, but will be required to enter any further negotiations.