Blockchain for the Next Generation Internet
Starting July 9, 2019 the submission session is available for ICT-54-2020 (RIA). Building on important pan-European initiatives such as the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum and the European Blockchain Partnership the call aims at fostering research and innovation at technology, infrastructure and application levels to position Europe at the forefront of the blockchain revolution, as a key component of the Next Generation Internet initiative (NGI). Proposals should address one of the following three sub-topics:
(i) Advancing research on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies -
(ii) Fostering trust in internet information exchange and content with blockchain
(iii) Bringing forward the emergence of collective intelligence on the internet
Each RIA in the three sub-topics above will support third party projects from outstanding academic research groups, hi-tech startups, SMEs and other multidisciplinary actors, so that multiple third parties will be funded in parallel contributing to the research and innovation area. The focus will be on applied research that is linked to relevant use cases and that can be further developed into viable solutions.
With a total budget estimate of EUR 20 million, the Commission envisages proposals with an overall duration of 24 to 36 months and a EU contribution of EUR 8 million for sub-topic i); and EUR 6 million for each sub-topic ii) and iii). A minimum of 70% of the total requested EU contribution should be allocated to financial support to the third parties, that will be funded through projects of EUR 50 000 -200 000 per project, with indicative duration of 12 months.
More information on the call, conditions and documents as well as the submission access link are available here.
Support on learning more on the ICT-54-2020 call is offered through The EC’s ICT Proposer’s day, on 19 September, that will feature a special session, dedicated to this open call on Next Generation Media, Social Media & Blockchain, from 11:30am -12:45pm. Also The NGI Forum on 25 September, in Helsinki, will feature more information on funding opportunities and a workshop on blockchain in action.
The call was published on ec.europa.eu website here. © 2018 European Commission