The overall mission of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative is to re-imagine and re-engineer the Internet for the third millennium and beyond.

Today, the internet is key to almost any social or economic activity, a true value creator that reshapes the economy and society. This trend is irreversible and in 10 years, the Internet will be even more essential for society and economy worldwide.

Yet, there are still concerns around personal data and transparency. The internet should also provide better services and greater involvement and participation. It is essential that the next generation internet is designed for humans, so that it can meet its full potential for both the society and the economy.

The Next Generation Internet initiative aims to shape the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data.

Engaging the public and stakeholders

The initiative has included activities to engage both the public and experts, and a large-scale study.

  • A public consultation that gave everyone a chance to share their views and ideas about the Internet of 2030 took place from 14 November 2016 until 9 January 2017. The results of the consultation have been summarised in a report.
  • Several specific workshops to share expert insights and build content and credibility are taking place.
  • A NGI study was launched to develop a NGI vision and analyse the current needs of the humans and how to deal with in a future human-centric internet

Building a NGI ecosystem

  • The interactive NGI stakeholder map provides information about all the active participants in the European NGI ecosystem.
  • NGI Contact Points in the EU and associated countries help in reaching out to stakeholders, and exchanging information with the Future Internet Forum members and the European Commission.
  • A number of ongoing NGI projects help to identify specific research topics and to create an ecosystem of relevant stakeholders.

Funding opportunities

Upcoming calls

  • The call ICT-24-2018-2019: NGI-An open internet initiative will open 16 October 2018
    The call contains 3 research and innovation actions:
    - Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities
    - Service and data portability and
    - Open Internet architecture renovation
  • The Horizon 2020 call ICT-31-2018: EU-US collaboration on NGI is also open from 16 October 2018 on. It contains a research and innovation action which aims to strengthen the relationship with the US ecosystem working in line with the aims of NGI and to exchange knowledge.

Past calls - funding for the best internet innovators to come

  • Horizon 2020 call ICT-24-2018 from the research programme: To ensure a human centric internet in autumn 2018, projects in the field of research and innovation actions will start to offer funding for the best internet innovators in the field of
    - Privacy and trust enhancing technologies
    - Decentralized data governance
    - Discovery and identification technologies.
    These actions will be supported by 3 Coordination and Support actions to shape the future internet.

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