Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of EUR 95.5 billion, will provide support for the next seven years and is organised around three pillars:
- Excellence in science (ERC, mobility programmes, research infrastructures)
- Global Challenges and industrial competitiveness
- Innovative EU (start-ups, SMEs, developers, helping to bring to the market), a new pillar.
For the period 2021-2022, the European Commission will dedicate EUR 62m to support top internet innovators in the areas of trust and data sovereignty on the Internet; Trustworthy Open Search and Discovery; Internet Architecture and Decentralised Technologies; as well as enhanced EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation and collaboration, according to Business-Review.eu.
The European Commission announced renewed EU finding for NGI and under Horizon Europe. Calls relating to the Next Generation Internet, of relevance to the NGI community are listed under Pillar II, Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness, Cluster 4, Digital, Industry and Space.
Next Generation Internet (NGI) is an initiative of the European Commission, which aims to shape the Internet for the future as a powerful, user-centric (Internet of Humans) ecosystem that meets the fundamental needs of the population, including those of confidence, security and social inclusion. NGI comprises an ambitious research and innovation program based on an initial European Commission investment of over € 250 million between 2018-2020 and is part of the future Horizon Europe program (2021-2027).
The NGI program funds the best research and innovation projects in the field of the Internet, focusing on advanced technologies, including privacy, search and discovery, decentralized architectures, blockchain, Internet of Things, social media, interactive technologies and technologies that support multilingualism and accessibility.
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