From January 2020 through June 2022, NGIatlantic.eu will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by funding EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments, in collaboration with US research teams. NGIatlantic.eu will launch 5 Open Calls for Proposals, with a total 2.8 Million Euros budget, for European organisations willing to carry out high-quality Research & Innovation activities, with a US-based counterpart, on NGI experimental platforms. Two types of projects will be funded: long-term experiments, with R&I activities lasting up to 6 months, and short-term experiments lasting up to 3 months, with funding range from 50.000€ to 150.000€. A transparent and consistent evaluation of the applications will be ensured thanks to the set-up of an External Pool of Evaluators (EPE) (selected via a continuous Open Call). Ultimately, NGIatlantic.eu is creating a Twinning Lab, a space where researchers, innovators and start-ups can discover and connect with transatlantic actors and establish complementary partnerships in addressing NGI challenges across a number of topics (e.g. 5G, Big Data, IoT, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and others).
Trust-IT is leading the entire open call process, for which a customised instance of the TRUST-GRANT platform, the Cascading Grant Platform developed by Trust-IT and currently online in the H2020 projects StandICT.eu (www.standict.eu), RDA Europe 4.0 (www.rd-alliance.org), and EOSCsecretariat.eu (www.eosc-secretariat.eu), is being used.
Trust-IT is also designing and implementing the NGIatlantic.eu Communication, Marketing and dissemination strategy for a pan-European roll-out of the NGIatlantic.eu activities. This will include specific marketing & communication campaigns for the promotion of the calls (including the call for the evaluators) and stakeholder engagement activities to ensure awareness raising about the open call procedures on how to apply in Europe and in the USA. The creation, management and animation of the Twinning Lab, the online space where researchers, innovators and start-ups can discover and connect with transatlantic actors and establish complementary partnerships in addressing NGI challenges, is also part of Trust-IT’s assets in the project.