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Next Generation Internet International Collaboration - USA
Horizon Europe - Cluster 4 - Destination 6: A Human-centred and Ethical Development of Digital and Industrial Technologies
Estimated EU contribution per project
around € 4,000,000.00
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The aim of the topic is to reinforce EU-US cooperation in the area of Next Generation Internet, and to establish a continuous dialogue among the actors involved in the US and EU research and innovation programmes. This will be achieved through the implementation of R&I projects between European NGI researchers and innovators, and entities participating in Internet related projects funded by NSF.
Proposals should organise open calls for third party projects involving EU teams together with NSF-funded US teams on emerging topics for the EU Next Generation Internet and corresponding US programmes. The thematic focus should be on trust and privacy enhancing technologies, data sharing and portability, sustainable and climate-friendly internet, electronic identities, internet architecture renovation and decentralised technologies. The third party projects should focus on research leading to advanced technology development, and may include joint demonstrators and joint contributions to standards.
The proposal should support open source software and open hardware design. Applicants are encouraged to support, open access to data, access to testing and operational infrastructures as well as an IPR regime ensuring lasting impact and reusability of results.
Proposals should implement three open calls and should make provisions for the coordination with NSF of these open calls in terms of scope, proposals submission and selection, as well as implementation of the third party projects. The details should be agreed with NSF prior to the publication of the open calls.
Proposals should make explicit the intervention logic for the area, their capacity to attract relevant organisations both in the EU and the USA, as well as their expertise and capacity in managing the full life-cycle of the open calls transparently and efficiently.
Financial support to third parties
Proposals should foresee financial support to third party projects that will contribute to enhancing EU cooperation with the USA in the development of Next Generation Internet technologies and services. Only organisations established in the EU Member States and Associated Countries should be eligible for European Commission funding through financial support to third parties.
The Commission considers that proposals with an overall duration of typically 48 months would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately, while allowing the implementation of three open calls for third party projects. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other durations. For ensuring focused effort, third parties should be funded through projects typically of EUR 150 000, with indicative duration of 18 months.
In this topic, the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.
- Supporting the EU internet policy objectives by sharing the EU vision and values with international partners, and forging bonds through concrete collaborations.
- Reinforced collaboration and increased synergies between the Next Generation Internet (NGI) and the Internet programmes of the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
- Enhanced EU-US cooperation in the development of Next Generation Internet technologies, services and standards. Developing interoperable solutions and joint demonstrators, contributions to standards
- A transatlantic ecosystem of researchers, open source developers, high-tech startups / SMEs and Internet related communities collaborating on the evolution of the Internet according to a human-centric approach.
- Generate new business opportunities for European Internet innovators based on decentralised technologies and open source.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Faeroes (Føroyar / Færøerne), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Israel (ישראל / إِسْرَائِيل), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Montenegro (Црна Гора), Morocco (المغرب), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна), United Kingdom
EU Body, Education and training institution, International organization, Natural Person, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions
- the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States
- third countries associated to Horizon Europe - see list of particpating countries
Only legal entities forming a consortium are eligible to participate in actions provided that the consortium includes, as beneficiaries, three legal entities independent from each other and each established in a different country as follows:
- at least one independent legal entity established in a Member State; and
- at least two other independent legal entities, each established in different Member States or Associated Countries.
Any legal entity, regardless of its place of establishment, including legal entities from non-associated third countries or international organisations (including international European research organisations) is eligible to participate (whether it is eligible for funding or not), provided that the conditions laid down in the Horizon Europe Regulation have been met, along with any other conditions laid down in the specific call topic.
A ‘legal entity’ means any natural or legal person created and recognised as such under national law, EU law or international law, which has legal personality and which may, acting in its own name, exercise rights and be subject to obligations, or an entity without legal personality.
- Affiliated entities — Affiliated entities (i.e. entities with a legal or capital link to a beneficiary which participate in the action with similar rights and obligations to the beneficiaries, but which do not sign the grant agreement and therefore do not become beneficiaries themselves) are allowed, if they are eligible for participation and funding.
- Associated partners — Associated partners (i.e. entities which participate in the action without signing the grant agreement, and without the right to charge costs or claim contributions) are allowed, subject to any conditions regarding associated partners set out in the specific call conditions.
- Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees to protect the EU’s financial interests equivalent to those offered by legal persons.
- EU bodies — Legal entities created under EU law including decentralised agencies may be part of the consortium, unless provided for otherwise in their basic act.
- Joint Research Centre (‘JRC’)— Where provided for in the specific call conditions, applicants may include in their proposals the possible contribution of the JRC but the JRC will not participate in the preparation and submission of the proposal. Applicants will indicate the contribution that the JRC could bring to the project based on the scope of the topic text. After the evaluation process, the JRC and the consortium selected for funding may come to an agreement on the specific terms of the participation of the JRC. If an agreement is found, the JRC may accede to the grant agreement as beneficiary requesting zero funding or participate as an associated partner, and would accede to the consortium as a member.
- Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members (e.g. European research infrastructure consortia (ERICs)) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. However, if the action is in practice implemented by the individual members, those members should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.
Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.
The application form will have two parts:
- Part A (to be filled in directly online) contains administrative information about the applicant organisations (future coordinator and beneficiaries and affiliated entities), the summarised budget for the proposal and call-specific questions;
- Part B (to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system) contains the technical description of the project.
Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).
The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.
As the main objective of the action is to support collaboration between third parties and NSF-funded US teams, the maximum amount to be granted to each third party is EUR 150 000. to allow 1/ matching the project size and funding of NSF - US teams, 2/ reaching the maturity level for third party’s projects to ensure sustainability of the established collaborations.
A minimum of 80% of the total requested EU contribution should be allocated to financial support to third parties, selected through open calls.