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In synergy with the European H2020 NGI initiative, Vinnova and RISE are carrying out a national initiative with the aim of broadly identifying Swedish NGI interests and demands matching prioritized topics of current H2020 NGI calls.

Quick info  (general info below)

NGI - open call funding opportunities in a nutshell:

  • Applicant profile: SMEs, startups, developers, researchers with Internet and cybersecurity expertise.
  • Scope: Privacy and trust enhancing technologies, Internet architecture, electronic identities, search and discovery, data governance and data portability (and more).
  • Funding: Approved projects typically receive 50KEUR-200KEUR - project duration 9-12 months.
  • More info about open call projects, scope and deadlines at: Next Generation Internet Open Calls: NGI.EU
  • Find collaborations and partners on the NGI-map: NGI Community Map at NGI.EU.

For questions or guidelines contact the Swedish National Contact Point (NCP) Rebecca Steinert at RISE.

Webcast Swedish NGI workshops by RISE/Vinnova with more information about NGI:

General information

Swedish NGI initiatives and interests

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is the European initiative launched to identify the future Internet technologies, designed to serve the needs of the digitalized society while ensuring privacy, trust, decentralization, openness, inclusion, and business cooperation. The NGI is oriented on addressing technical challenges across all levels (top-down and bottom-up) of Internet usage (user, application, management, infrastructure) to support a free, open and interoperable Internet, developed and used at its full potential at all levels of technology, business and society.

The Swedish NGI node - building vertical and horizontal national engagement

This is the Swedish NGI node acting as the national contact point towards for the NGI initiative in EU. The aim is to engage potential national applicants matching the European H2020 NGI open calls (see more below). 

Our role is to help incubator organizations, innovative SMEs, start-up companies and research organizations focusing on solutions for the digital transformation to establish funded collaborations within the NGI initiative, and to provide guidance and support to primarily Swedish open call applicants.

Why to engage

The European H2020 NGI initiative offers Swedish companies and research organizations a great opportunity to make a difference in developing funded solutions for a challenging, but fundamental, path of development for the future digitalized society. Getting in touch with us and flagging your NGI interest is a step towards national and international research and business collaborations. 

Funding opportunities for SMEs, startups, researchers, developers, Internet experts:

As the Swedish national NGI node, we are happy to get in touch with Swedish private and public organizations (e.g. incubator organizations, startup companies, SMEs, research organizations, etc) addressing digitalization challenges related to the future Internet and NGI.

As national contact point, our role is to facilitate the contact between businesses and organizations (i.e. private and public) and the H2020 NGI initiative.

Relevant topics open for research and innovation are outlined in H2020-ICT-24 "Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative" call, essentially covering: 

  • "Privacy and trust enhancing technologies: develop robust and easy to use technologies to help users increase trust and achieve greater control when sharing their personal data, attributes and information."
  • "Decentralized data governance: leveraging on distributed open hardware and software ecosystems based on blockchains, distributed ledger technology, open data and peer-to-peer technologies."
  • "Discovery and identification technologies: to search and access large heterogeneous data sources, services, objects and sensors, devices, multi-media content, etc. and which may include aspects of numbering; providing contextual querying, personalised information retrieval and increased quality of experience."
  • "Strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities: addressing critical challenges related to increasing trust in the internet such as authentication, authorisation, traceability, privacy and confidentiality in personal and non-personal interactions."
  • "Service and data portability: this topic will address the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR and the data porting and service provider switching as foreseen in the proposed free flow of non-personal data regulation."
  • "Open Internet architecture renovation: supporting communities of developers in ensuring Internet architecture evolution towards better efficiency, scalability, security and resilience."

SMEs, startups, researchers, developers, Internet architects, cybersecurity experts, etc, are all welcome to apply for funding from the open calls provided by the NGI projects listed below.

Approved projects may receive funding between 50KEUR-200KEUR for projects running for 9-12 months within EU and/or in the US, in terms of European and North American NGI partnerships. 

More information about each one of the projects, the specific topic covered (as above) and the funding procedure can be found on the official NGI.EU site:

Who to contact

For questions and indication of interest, you are most welcome to contact the Swedish national NGI contact point Rebecca Steinert at RISE.

We also have established communication channels with:

  • SISP (Swedish Incubators & Science Parks) 
  • EEN (European Enterprise Networks)
  • Swedsoft (supporting Swedish software development)
  • Digital Sweden (supporting Swedish research and innovation in EU)
  • EIT Digital (the Stockholm node, European digital innovation)
  • MyData (global network on personal data management, Swedish local hub)
  • Mobile Heights (Swedish ICT/IoT cluster organisation)

Finally, the importance of being visible can never be overestimated! A first good step to flag interest for future NGI collaboration and to be found is to add your organization to the NGI Community Map at NGI.EU.


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