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Next Generation Internet


Proposals should cover one of the three bullet points (a, b or c):

a) Coordination and Support action - Identification of research topics

Design, build and apply a methodology to identify continuously those key future technologies that will support an Internet model more open and more inclusive in 10 years from now. For this:

  • Perform a portfolio analysis, coverage, mapping and gap analysis of ongoing and emerging research topics in future Internet.
  • Identify those key future Internet technologies, i.e. the game-changers for an Internet in 2025, and deduct specific technology roadmaps.
  • Analysis programmes and developments in Member States and Associated Countries, and activities in international partner countries.

b) Coordination and Support action - Dynamic and continuous consultation

Build an open, dynamic and continuous consultation process which engages all relevant stakeholders in a long-term and multi-disciplinary fashion. For this include:

  • The scientific community and outstanding scientists who lead the Internet technology research in Europe.
  • Identifying the high-tech startup community, its competences and capacity, i.e. the relevant specific actors.
  • Member States and Associated Countries along with national R&I funding bodies to shape the NGI in a fully synergetic way.
  • The aspect that the NGI flagship is part of a global race towards mastering the future Internet.
  • The benefits from ongoing research and policy activities, notably the roadmap-based research ongoing in areas such as 5G, IoT, cloud, data and cybersecurity.

c) Coordination and Support action - A programme shape for of a Next Generation Internet initiative.

This initiative will mobilise the best researchers and focus on a continuous scouting of developments with the potential to change the way the Internet is operated, often by an opportunistic and multidisciplinary combination of advances. For this:

  • Identify and validate the constituent basic elements for a large Next Generation Internet flagship which includes characteristics such as speed and adaptability.
  • Build a strong and fluid link and a feedback loop between short and long-term research to strengthen Europe’s capacity to actually bring advanced technology to the market.
  • Involve in a practical way new players and set a prototype interaction between the scientific community and today’s best Internet innovators, the startups and SMEs.
  • Make use of the research topics identified under (a) and the consultation and community identified under (b).
  • Promote the notion of a European Next Generation Internet ecosystem by building a community among academia, researchers, startups, SMEs and corporates involved.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of about 0.7 million would allow each bullet point (a, b and c) to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. No more than one action per bullet point will be funded.

Today the Internet is key to almost any socio-economic activity, a true value creator which reshapes economic and societal behaviours. This trend is irreversible and in 10 years from now the Internet will be an even more indispensable motor for socio-economic activity worldwide. If Europe aims to shape this future Internet as a powerful, open, data-driven, user-centric, interoperable platform ecosystem, it must take action now.

With a fresh view, the European Commission launches a new track of future Internet research aimed at developing a next generation of the Internet enabled by key technologies and services allowing it to become an open ecosystem avoiding the dominance of a few giant economic players. This coordination and support action will prepare the conditions, mobilise the constituencies and prototype the operations of a large future Next Generation Internet initiative going beyond Horizon 2020.

  • Establish the base for a large scale research flagship on the Next Generation Internet.
  • Prototype and validate new processes for research and innovation on Next Generation Internet.
  • Mobilise the new players indispensable for agile research on the Next Generation Internet, notably leading individual or teams of researchers and high tech startups.
  • Build an active, visible and agile ecosystem comprising all relevant stakeholders for making the Next Generation Internet flagship a success.
  • Build a dynamic and growing knowledge base of technological trends, initiatives and key players in the area of Next Generation Internet.