The NGI_Trust consortium organised on 4 November a first webinar for people interested in submitting a proposal under the current 2nd open call of the project.
The call is targeting researchers and innovators seeking funding of up to 200,000 euro for developing and testing (use cases) novel privacy and trust enhancing technologies for the next generation internet.
The webinar was recorded and can be viewed at the link below and the slides are downloadable below as well:
Further information and application forms can be downloaded from this Wiki or via https://www.ngi.eu/opencalls/ngi_trust-open-call/
NGI TRUST supports third-party projects working in the following areas:
- Better management of consent, to give more control to the user of their data when accessing and using services.
- Technical innovation in privacy enhancing technologies, such as cryptography, federated identity, security and privacy for IoT, privacy-enhancing data transports and data at rest.
- The application of artificial intelligence/machine learning/neural networks to serve the user’s interests.
- Bootstrapping trust at the protocol level, to maintain a decentralised Internet Infrastructure.
An indicative list of pre-identified areas of concern/opportunities (specific topics) for our second open call (which will be launched on 1 October) is provided below:
- With a view to next generation certificates, how can European grid certificate authorities build up user-friendly mechanisms that promote a changed user experience and awareness and addresses forms of identity that comply with EU law and or meet specific European needs.
- DNS-based security of the Internet Infrastructure (DNSSEC, DOH approach), given the need to reinforce trust in a world of “deep fake”.
- Post-quantum technologies to avoid brute force attacks.
- Reinforcing reputation systems and thereby enhance the potential to measure the value of personal data and transparency while respecting GDPR principles.
- Pilot implementation of specifications, standards, acceptance criteria and measurement frameworks for new identifiers, for instance:
- Mobile Driving Licenses;
- Delegation in the context of ID;
- eID and authentication services to support, for instance student mobility and access to educational services, thin file individuals, disabled users, refugees, non-digital natives, lost identities due to natural disasters etc.
- Solutions that enable the user to more easily and uniformly set preferences or terms such as machine-readable privacy terms (IEEE - P7012) and technologies that help to reduce the risk that GDPR is misused to further exploit/ complicate the user experience.
- Services and technologies that enhance transparency, user intervenability, and accountability in data processing.
Proposers may use these as inspiration for developing their projects or may address additional specific topics for which they have identified a user need or market demand
 Proposals in the field of AI should take into consideration the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, taking account of keywords such as lawful (respecting applicable laws and regulations), ethical (respecting ethical principles and values) and robust (both from a technical perspective, while taking into account its social environment).
NGI_Trust supports the development of a human-centric Internet by developing a stronger European ecosystem of researchers, innovators and technology developers in the field of privacy and trust enhancing technologies. The NGI_Trust project put out its first call for proposals in February 2019 in order to support its objectives in terms of supporting developments in the field of privacy and trust enhancing technology, improving user trust and acceptance of emerging technologies and fostering the exploitation and commercialisation of trust and privacy projects.
As part of this call, NGI_Trust funded 18 projects which will develop their proposals over the next nine to twelve months. The projects funded in the first call broadly support the following ideas: beyond passwords, better privacy, safer browsing and user control.
- That we need to move beyond passwords, and find a better way for users to manage the complexity of shared secrets and technical trust. 4 projects will work in this area, with projects looking at how we can use our mobile devices more effectively as tokens instead of the need for passwords, how we can better protect data on our mobile devices, and how we can improve the way that cryptography is used on hardware and in the core of our internet infrastructure. For more information see these projects: Keyn, COP-MODE, CryRev, and TCN.
- That it is essential for us to provide better privacy, particularly in areas where data is more sensitive and in how we present privacy information to our users. 4 projects will look at how we can both protect and utilise health data, how we deal with managing large amounts of data in the cloud and how we can better support users in understanding the legal issues around consenting to use services. For more information see these projects: b-smart, Edge-TINC, CAP-A and MyPCH.
- That safer browsing is essential to an ecosystem of privacy and trust. 3 projects will look at providing better informed safety for children online that doesn't block access unnecessarily to useful information, how we can improve VPN technology to provide a better user experience and how we can support the users needs more effectively in internet search rather than being driven by the wants of advertisers. For more information see these projects: CASPER, D4S, and ISIBUD.
- To achieve a truly human-centric Internet, we need to have user control. The complexity and options when navigating a globally connected internet can be a daunting task. 6 projects will focus on user control to ease the decision making and customisation of settings to give the user a role in their internet. For more information see these projects: Cozy Cloud, EUACTIVE, DECIDE, Protect Yourself, INSTANT, and Decentralised Messaging.
For more information on the projects please visit: https://wiki.geant.org/display/NGITrust/Funded+Projects.
The evaluation of the proposals received in the framework the 1st open call has been concluded and the NGI_Trust Management Board met on 13 June to take a decision on the proposals to be funded.
A total of 109 proposals were received involving 177 Partners from 27 countries
Following the evaluation, 18 proposals were selected and seven proposals were added to a reserve list. Contract negotiations with the selected proposals will begin in the coming weeks.
Unsuccessful proposals will receive notification and feedback from the evaluation committee in the coming week.
The NGI Trust Management board would like to thank all proposers for the high quality of proposals that contributed to the fantastic response to this 1st call.
A second open call will be launched as planned on 1 October 2019 with a deadline of 30 November 2019 for submitting proposals.
The 1st Open Call for NGI_Trust (https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/219138/factsheet/en) has now closed (on 30 April) and we are 'overwhelmed' (in a good way) with the number of proposals received !
The evaluation process should be completed by mid-June !
The 2nd open call will be launched on 1 October
Last updated on 30 April 2019
What is the maximum amount one organisation/individual can be granted ?
Over the three calls (lifetime of the NGI TRUST project), a single organisation/individual cannot be awarded more than €200,000 for one or more projects (for example, €50,000 for a type 1 project followed by €150,000 for a type 2).
Regarding eligible costs we understand that for Type 2, NGI-Trust would cover 66% of costs, while the consortium would need to cover the remaining 1/3 of those costs (up to a maximum of combined funding of 180K€ per project), right? (E.g. if consortium partners provide 50K€ of own funds, NGI-Trust would provide 100K€).
That is correct.
Should project participants be located in an EU country ? And does this apply also to team members (EU nationals) and subcontractors ?
Project participants should be registered (if a legal entity) or resident (if an individual) in one of the EU28 Member States or in one of the Horizon 2020 Associated Countries - see list here : http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/3cpart/h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf
There are no restrictions on the nationality of team members but they should be employed by a participant organisation.
Similarly, there is no restriction on the nationality or location of subcontractors. Subcontracting needs to be explained in the application (why you use a subcontractor, input to the project, etc.).
For a type 2 or type 3 project, do you have any further details of what constitutes matched funding?
We are flexible concerning matching funding, which may come either from internal funds of the organisation or external funding. In the latter case you should indicate the source, e.g. national or regional public funding, external investor, bank loan, etc.
We are a start-up formed this year with no financial accounts to date. Reading the guide for applicants of the NGI_Trust Open Call, it states that you need to provide the “Statement of overall turnover for the last two financial years”. Because of this, we are not sure if a start-up is eligible for participation in this call. Are we eligible to apply?
Yes, we will be flexible in considering proposals from start-ups, we are seeking to support innovative ideas with potential. In the absence of annual accounts, we will consider other evidence (e.g. investments into the start-up, past record of the founders, etc.).
We are registered in an EU28 country. Two members of our team who will have a key role in the proposed project are from a non-EU28 country. Does this constitute any eligibility problem?
The key criterion is the place of registration of your company, not the nationality of staff.
Are large firms eligible beneficiaries of the NGI-Trust call?
There is no restriction on large companies per se. We are interested in funding use cases from a number of sectors/verticals where it may make sense to involve a larger firm.
UK partners have concerns about being eligible of not after March. Furthermore, there is an uncertainty regarding the funding situation depending on how the Brexit situation unfolds. Should we be concerned about that, or can UK companies apply without worry and be guaranteed of funding through this the open call?
For British applicants: Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to fully participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions. Please be aware however that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement
Can we participate in two different consortia with two different proposals? In this case, can we lead both consortia?
Yes, organisations and partnerships can make multiple applications. No restrictions to leadership of partnerships apply.
In the proposal template, section 1.3, it is requested to tick the Type of Project (viability, execution or transition). Is it correct to tick only one type? Meaning that the proposers are not allowed to choose a multi-type of project by gathering different activities even if they respect the 200k€ limit.
That is correct, you should select one type of project, however, you may carry out feasibility work part of a type 2 project (although this should not be the main activity).
Can you confirm that we can apply for a type 2 execution or a type 3 transition already for the first call or is the first call only for type 1 viability project.
The first call is open to proposals for all three types of projects.
For a two partner project, is all payment/justification handled via the lead partner?
Payments will be made to the lead partner. We do not require financial reporting from the third-parties but you should keep appropriate documented evidence of your expenditure as a recipient of EU funding.
In your guide it says "Financial support will be paid in instalments against achievement of milestones". What does this mean for the financial execution, i.e.
- - is payment (a posterior) following the completion of milestones?
- - do milestones/deliverables justify the payment or is a detailed declaration of expenditures needed?
We will provide an advance payment, plus an interim payment (based on an agreed milestone) then a final payment (based on your final report).
We will not ask for a detailed declaration of expenditure, however, you should be able to prove expenditure in the event of an audit by the European Commission, so you will be expected to keep a proper set of supporting documents.
Will it be possible to re-submit a project rejected on the first round?
Yes, if a proposal is not accepted, you will receive feedback and you are free to resubmit to the second or third round calls.
For a project fitting perfectly in the scope but already between the development and commercialisation stage, is it wiser to wait for October's call as the first round will include a "larger number of early-stage feasibility studies"?
There is no need to wait, we are accepting all three types of project proposals for the first call.
Does NGI_Trust pay overhead (e.g. 25% as in H2020 calls/programmes) for costs that cannot be identified and calculated by the beneficiary as being directly attributed to the project?
The funding is awarded as a lump sum (cash) contribution, we have no set rules for how organisations design their budget internally. The aim of the budget in the proposal is to convince the evaluators that that the requested funding is coherent with the effort invested in producing the outcome the project aims to achieve. It should give NGI TRUST a ‘value for money’ perspective on your project.
Can travel expenses be requested for a publication of the project's results where the conference is after the project period has ended? (e.g., do you reimburse travel expenses individually or via a lump sum / similar?)
Travel expenses are an eligible cost but should be within the contractual period of the project funding awarded.
The aim of the call is to support the development of technologies that are rapidly applicable and hence, you will be provided with support on intellectual property management (e.g. to check whether you should protect the IP developed in advance of a publication or conference papers).
In Section 4.2 of the template, there is a table for personal "Person-Month". How do we fill this out in case of e.g. a Professor who will work on the project but not charge (name known) and e.g. a master student who will charge PMs on the project (but name may not be known at this point in time)?
The table is intended to provide an overall estimate of effort, if you need to recruit team members and don’t know their names this is not a problem.
We were wondering about the possibility of attaching support letters from other Companies which are supporting our research. Is it possible?
You can attach letters of support in so far as they are relevant for the proposal.
The NGI Trust open call text says that: “Projects will receive support in the form of technical coaching, business mentoring and IP advice from the project partners and other NGI projects” (p.2 – Section 4). Does this mean that the budget will be provided to the applicants in the form of services offered by the NGI consortium, or are these services additional to the provided budget?
The funding is in ‘cash’ up to €100,000 for type 1 (there is no obligation to ask for maximum, you can ask for less). Support is provided by the consortium on top of the funding.
Interested in submitting a proposal to the NGI_Trust Open Calls (1st call deadline 30 April) or learning more about future calls.
Up to 200,000 euro in funding available.
Join us for a Q&A webinar on 15th April 12:30-14:00 CET.
Register via: https://forms.gle/MUy3LodCiqwW6zHD6
The European Commission's Next Generation initiative has money available under the #H2020 cascade funding mechanism for internet innovators in the areas of Privacy & Trust Enhancing Technologies, Decentralised Data Governance & Next Generation Search & Discovery.
European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre is coordinating the NGI_TRUST open call fund for PET innovators. 1st call open until 30 April - apply for funding - information at https://wiki.geant.org/display/NGITrust/1st+Open+Call+NGI_TRUST
Learn more about the NGI initiative via this video featuring Ruth Puente of our partner Kantara Initiative Europe
Q. UK partners have concerns about being eligible of not after March. Furthermore, there is an uncertainty regarding the funding situation depending on how the Brexit situation unfolds. Should we be concerned about that, or can UK companies apply without worry and be guaranteed of funding through this the open call?
A. For British applicants: Please note that until the UK leaves the EU, EU law continues to apply to and within the UK, when it comes to rights and obligations; this includes the eligibility of UK legal entities to fully participate and receive funding in Horizon 2020 actions. Please be aware however that the eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement
The first open call for projects for NGI TRUST is now open with up to €200,000 in grant funding available to innovators working on privacy & trust enhancing technologies.
For more context, read the blogs from
NGI_TRUST Advisory Board member Susan Morrow aimed at the Internet of Things (IOT) community.
Pre-announcement of an open call for recipients of financial support
Project acronym: NGI_TRUST
Project grant agreement number: 825618
Project full name: Partnership for innovative technological solutions to ensure privacy and enhance trust for the human-centric Internet
NGI_TRUST, co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 825618, foresees as an eligible activity the provision of financial support to third parties, as a means to achieve its own objectives.
Third-party projects may only receive financial support if they are working on privacy and trust enhancing technologies and their application to the Next Generation Internet (as defined broadly by the Horizon 2020 Work-Programme 2018-20, Information and Communication Technologies Part 5.i - Page 51 of 144), namely: 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.
In particular, NGI TRUST will focus on supporting third-party projects working in the following areas:
- Technical innovation in privacy enhancing technologies, such as crypto, federated identity, security and privacy for Internet of Things (IoT), distributed ledgers and privacy-enhancing data transports and data at rest,
- Ethical aspects, such as ways to use AI/ML/neural networks to serve the user’s interests, legal and best practices for policy makers to consider, impact of profiling and mass surveillance,
- Bootstrapping trust at the protocol level, to maintain a decentralized Internet Infrastructure, for the establishment of trust, privacy (and security) between end-users and services,
- Ways for users to make more informed decisions on the relevance of information that they are asked to disclose when accessing services.
The call is open to individuals or organisations, or groupings thereof. Specifically, the following may apply, either on an individual basis or as a consortium:
- Researchers and developers (holding a master’s degree or higher) employed in third-level education institutes, research infrastructures, not for profit organisations and charitable (scientific) foundations and public research centres.
- Internet technologists and innovators, privacy and trust specialists and action groups
- Organisations/companies with relevant privacy and trust cases or concerns in specific sectors or ‘verticals’ (fields such as health, etc.).
- Micro, small and medium sized enterprises firms working on internet technologies.
Applicants may be legal entities or natural persons and should be registered (for organisations) or resident (for individuals) in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country.
The call will open on 1 February 2019
Deadline for submission of proposals: 2 April 2019 – 18h00 CET
Expected duration of participation: from 9 to max 12 months
Maximum amount of financial support for each third party: €200 000
Call identifier: NGI_TRUST 2019001 call
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English
Web link for further information : https://wiki.geant.org/display/NGITrust/Open+Call+NGI_TRUST+2019001
The full call text and proposal guidelines will be available at this link from 1 February 2019