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NGI Mobifree Eligibility information

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Eligibility

List of different types of activities eligible for financial support

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 Mobifree and the objectives set out in the call:

    • scientific research
    • design and development of free and open source software and open hardware
    • validation or constructive inquiry into existing or novel technical solutions
    • software engineering aimed at adapting to new usage areas or improving software quality
    • formal security proofs, security audits, setup and design of software testing and continuous integration
    • documentation for researchers, developers and end users, including educational materials
    • standardisation activities, including membership fees of standards bodies
    • understanding user requirements and improving usability/inclusive design
    • necessary measures in support of (broad)er deployability, e.g. packaging
    • participation in technical, developer and community events like hackathons, IETF, W3C, RIPE meetings, FOSDEM, etc. (admission fee, travel and subsistence costs)
    • other activities that are relevant to adhering to robust software development and deployment practices
    • project management
    • out-of-pocket costs for infrastructure essential to achieving the above

    The ultimate purpose of the work in Mobifree is to further improve mobile software technologies according to human-centred and ethical values. In particular Mobifree itself will undertake the following:

    • /e/OS, a fully-open-source OS developed to help citizens and organizations protect their data, privacy and digital sovereignty while using smartphones or tablets.
    • ‘decentralized app stores’, a technology that uses the F-Droid app store architecture, for organizations or other entities that wish to distribute their apps to a select user population (e.g. employees), plus an app distribution system that makes it simple and cost-effective for developers to distribute their applications to multiple app stores.
    • multiple pro-privacy mobile apps in two areas of key importance for end-users: communications, maps&navigation and disaster & emergency response.
    • end-to-end encryption mechanisms for securing connections made by smartphone and tablet users to the cloud and to personal computers, as well as ‘local cloud & connectivity bubbles’ for when there is no internet available (e.g. in humanitarian emergency contexts).

    Your work can of course both directly target improvements on this work, or be complementary. NGI Mobifree has some specific target groups in mind to bootstrap its efforts (young adults, employees of municipalities and semi-public institutions, professionals who regularly work in humanitarian crisis and disaster contexts and app developers). However, in the end, the internet is for everyone.

    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 NGI Mobifree.

    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.