The Next Generation Internet

Swedish NGI initiatives and interests

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) is the European initiative launched to identify the future Internet technologies, designed to serve the needs of the digitalized society while ensuring privacy, trust, decentralization, openness, inclusion, and business cooperation. The NGI will be built on addressing technical challenges across all levels (top-down and bottom-up) of Internet usage (user, application, management, infrastructure) to support a free, open and interoperable Internet, developed and used at its full potential at all levels of technology, business and society.

In synergy with the European H2020 NGI initiative, Vinnova and RISE/RISE SICS is carrying out a national initiative with the aim of broadly identifying Swedish NGI interests and demands matching prioritized topics of current H2020 NGI calls.

Building a broad NGI engagement - horizontally and vertically

The aim is to engage potential national applicants matching the European H2020 NGI calls. In particular, we are looking to get in touch with incubator organizations, innovative SMEs, start-up companies and research organizations that are strong contributors to the digital transformation and that could benefit from NGI funding in national and European collaborations.

Why to engage

The European H2020 NGI initiative offers Swedish companies and research organizations a great opportunity to make a difference in developing solutions for a challenging, but fundamental, path of development for the future digitalized society. Getting in touch with us and flagging your NGI interest is a step towards national and international research and business collaborations. 

Who we are looking for

We are happy to get in touch with private and public organizations (e.g. incubator organizations, startup companies, SMEs, research organizations) addressing digitalization challenges related to the future Internet and NGI. We are looking to establish contact with businesses and organizations (i.e. private and public) matching research and innovation topics relevant for NGI currently outlined in H2020-ICT-24 "Next Generation Internet - An Open Internet Initiative" call

  • "Privacy and trust enhancing technologies: as sensors, objects, devices, AI-based algorithms, etc., are incorporated in our digital environment, develop robust and easy to use technologies to help users increase trust and achieve greater control when sharing their personal data, attributes and information."
  • "Decentralized data governance: leveraging on distributed open hardware and software ecosystems based on blockchains, distributed ledger technology, open data and peer-to-peer technologies. Attention should be paid to ethical, legal and privacy issues, as well as to the concepts of autonomy, data sovereignty and ownership, values and regulations."
  • "Discovery and identification technologies: to search and access large heterogeneous data sources, services, objects and sensors, devices, multi-media content, etc. and which may include aspects of numbering; providing contextual querying, personalised information retrieval and increased quality of experience."

The financing model is based on cascade funding, meaning that projects are implemented through sub-granting of third-party actors by an applying intermediary organization capable of coordinating, pursuing and attracting players with the right skills.

Note that the above topics are prioritized for the ICT-24 call closing in April 2018 - for the ICT-24 opening in October 2018 further topics will be considered and announced (please see the official call text for detailed info).

We are looking for establishing contacts with both SMEs/startups, research organizations as well as larger organizations (public/private) that can apply and coordinate funded efforts.

Who to contact

For questions and indication of interest, you are most welcome to contact the Swedish national NGI contact points Rebecca Steinert (main contact) and Per-Olof Sjöberg at RISE.

We also have established communication channels with:

  • SISP (Swedish Incubators & Science Parks) 
  • EEN (European Enterprise Networks)
  • Swedsoft (supporting Swedish software development)
  • Digital Sweden (supporting Swedish research and innovation in EU)
  • EIT Digital (the Stockholm node, European digital innovation, contact: Loredana.Cerrato [at]
  • MyData (global network on personal data management, Swedish local hub)
  • Mobile Heights (Swedish ICT/IoT cluster organisation, contact: ola.svedin [at]

Finally, the importance of being visible can never be overestimated! A first good step to flag interest for future NGI collaboration and to be found is to add your organization to the NGI Community Map at NGI.EU.