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First calls Next Generation Internet initiative launched

11.6 million euro available for internet R&D

Amsterdam/Brussels, December 1st 2018

Today a collaboration of 13 not-for-profit organisations from across Europe launches the first calls in the Next Generation Internet initiative. which was initiated by the European Commission. Between now and 2021 11.2 million Euro will be granted to independent researchers in a bottom-up funding scheme, with the first projects expected to start as early as March next year.

The calls are open to any individual or organisation from Europe that has an idea that can contribute to a better internet for everyone in two specific areas: privacy and trust enhancing technologies and search and discovery. More NGI calls are due to launch in February next year.

There is a shared discontent about the current state of affairs on the internet, states Michiel Leenaars, director of strategy at NLnet Foundation and project lead of the NGI Zero coalition. However, the only way to remedy the situation is to actually get to do research and develop better technologies. And so that is what we will be investing our time and money in. And we hope many people will join us..

The new funding scheme takes a novel approach to funding, with bottom up funding competitively granted to small projects - while recognising the responsibility for the funding entity to take higher level societal needs on board at a more.

The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the internet for the third millennium and beyond to shape a value-centric, human and inclusive society for all. DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

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Privacy and trust enhancing technologies: as sensors, objects, devices, AI-based algorithms, etc., are incorporated in our digital environment, develop robust and easy to use technologies to help users increase trust and achieve greater control when sharing their personal data, attributes and information.



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NGI0 PET 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.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825310.