Session Host & Presenter: David Seoane
Goal: Present an overview of the available funding opportunities provided by the Next Generation Internet initiative through open calls. This initiative aim at funding the next Internet researchers and innovators to address technological opportunities around the following areas: privacy and trust, search and discovery, decentralised architectures, blockchain, Internet of Things, social media, interactive technologies, as well as technologies supporting multilingualism and accessibility.
Description: The session will provide an overview of current and future open calls provided by the initiative, that are managed through the cascade funding mechanism under the Horizon 2020 programme. This mechanism consists of an agile and simple process where the funding is distributed through ongoing NGI Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs) that provide support to projects from outstanding academic researchers, hi-tech startups and SMEs.
Funding is allocated to projects using short research cycles targeting the most promising ideas. Each of the selected projects pursue their own objectives, while the NGI RIAs provide the programme logic and vision, technical support, coaching and mentoring, to ensure that projects contribute towards a significant advancement of research and innovation in the NGI initiative.
The focus is on advanced concepts and technologies that link to relevant use cases and that can have an impact on the market and society over all. Applications and services that innovate without a research component are not covered by this model.
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