Send in your ideas. Deadline October 1, 2024

Open call for funding

Deadline for submission: April 1st 2023 (noon CET)

Submit a proposal

Do you have a valuable idea in the area of internet-related technology, that will contribute towards achieving a more open information society and brings us the next generation of the internet closer? Perhaps it will empower users through data sovereignty and service portability, or deliver more trustworthy technology? Or work on key internet technologies like videoconferencing, routing or are you redesigning parts of the architecture of the internet Or do you have another idea to create a more robust and open internet by and for users?

And are you looking for financial means to make those ideas come to life? Or do you have an existing project that requires additional effort to enable further development? Then submit your proposal to NLnet foundation before April 1st and see if we can help you.

We put any money we can get our hands on (including yours if you give it to us) where our mouth is: that is to increase the utility and benefit of open technologies for society. Have a look at our portfolio to see what we mean. What is important for us is that the technology you develop or help promote is not just technology for technologies sake, but benefits society and has the potential for real impact. For us, this means by definition that the fruits of your project become available under a free and open source license.

We are looking forward to your proposals! Note that we are also interested to hear your inspiring ideas if you are unable to manage them yourself.

Open themes

Currently we are particularly interested in project proposals for the following themes:

In addition there are a number of smaller themes you could have a look at. Uncertain? You can always submit through the open call.

About NLnet Foundation

NLnet Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting NLnet) is a recognised public benefit organisation that invests its own independent funds as well as funds that it manages on behalf of other organisations — such as the European Commission —. The foundation supports strategic initiatives that contribute to an open information society.