NLnet Foundation, a grantmaking public benefit organisation founded by pioneers of the early European internet that has received funding by the Horizon Europe programme, has opened a call for proposals for contributions to help reshape the state of play, and to help create an open, trustworthy and reliable internet for all.

NGI Zero actively works towards digital commons and trustworthy technological building blocks for the next generation of the internet. The goal is to help set the course of the evolution of technology, provide people with concrete new tools and more reliable infrastructure, which provides better overall security and allow them more agency and choice.

This includes, among others:

  • developing alternatives and improvements to core internet hardware, software and protocols
  • removing gatekeepers, choke points and improving surveillance capabilities.
  • improving issues of security, privacy, interoperability, high availability and scalability of decentralised technologies.

Given equal proposals, inhabitants of the EU and countries associated to Horizon Europe are given priority. However if the project is of exceptional quality and the proposer holds unique technical expertise proposals from outside of those geographic areas can be eligible as well — under the condition that there is a clear European dimension.


  • projects up to €50,000 with the possibility to scale them up if there is proven potential

For more information on the scope of the call and the procedural requirements for the applications, please follow this link.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2023 12:00 CEST.

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