The aim of the topic is to reinforce EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation in the area of Next Generation Internet, and to establish a continuous dialogue among US, Canada and EU innovators. The focus should be on trust and data sovereignty and on internet architecture renovation and decentralised technologies.
The proposal will organise a fellowship programme providing support to European Internet innovators to travel to the US or to Canada to work and collaborate with US and Canadian counterparts, with a view to promoting knowledge-sharing and establishing long-term collaborations on NGI technologies, services and standards.
These should be 3 to 6 months fellowships for Internet researchers, notably open source developers, academic researchers, hi-tech startups, SMEs and other multidisciplinary actors, so that multiple actors are funded and collectively contribute to enhancing EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation in the development of Next Generation Internet technologies and services. The proposal should only provide financial support for travel and subsistence, and only citizens of the EU and associated countries will be eligible for funding. As the primary purpose of the action is to support and mobilise internet innovators, a minimum of 70% of the total requested EU contribution should be allocated to financial support to third parties, selected through open calls.
The Commission considers that proposals with an overall duration of 36 months would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other durations.
In this topic the integration of the gender dimension (sex and gender analysis) in research and innovation content is not a mandatory requirement.