Project Overview

The Next-Generation Internet (NGI) represents a key element among scientists and innovators in both the EU and United States (US). As result, experiments are effectuated on EU-US experimental platforms. The EU-funded Horizon 2020 NGI project intends to create the organisational and financial structure that will guide the cascade funding of EU-based researchers working on NGI experiments, alongside with counterparts in the US funded by the US-based funding agencies. The project will develop and manage a platform for the use of targeted researchers’ communities and will encourage and support the cascade funding of regular research projects and experiments. It will mobilise the users’ communities of both the EU and US to successfully promote trans-Atlantic collaboration. The project duration is 30 months (January, 2020 – June, 2022) and is expected to organise the funding of 30 experiments and 50 organisations.


Project Summary

The 30-months project (January 2020 – June 2022) will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams. The aim is to bridge EU-US research experimentation activities on Next Generation Internet.

Thanks to’s funding for open calls dedicated to EU-US teams working together on NGI experiments, it is expected that the collaborations will move from workshops mode to a significant increase in the transatlantic cooperation activities that have either already started in the 5G, FIRE, ICE-T and NGI programmes or new ones that will receive significant acceleration from the Open Calls provided in

The Consortium of Partners from both EU and US have been selected carefully to bring the necessary competences in all the crucial areas required by the call – from technical knowledge, direct experience in EU-US collaborations, cascading grant management expertise under H2020, to NGI policy understanding and experience in experimental platforms in both EU and US, and with experience in mobilising the expected communities of users to make the trans-Atlantic collaboration a success from all viewpoints.

NGI Atlantic is led by 3 European and 2 American partners with complementary skills and expertise: Waterford Institute of Technology (Coordinator – Ireland), Trust-IT (Italy) EURESCOM (Germany), Rutgers University (USA), and the University of Utah (USA).

Implementation features:

  • 5 Open Calls (Call#1: April – June 2020);
  • €2.8 million funding to European organisations to carry out high-quality R&I experiments on NGI EU/US experimental platforms;

3 to 6 month collaboration projects involving European and US-based organisations, each with a funding range from 50k€ to 150k€

  • An External Advisory Group (EAG), supporting with its competent contribution the relevance of the research topics prioritisation;
  • An External Pool of Evaluators (EPE), ensuring independence and fairness of the proposals’ selection process (watch this space if you are interested in becoming an External Evaluator for the calls!);
  • Twinning Labproviding a webspace for researchers, innovators and start-ups to discover and connect with suitable transatlantic actors and establish complementary EU-US partnerships in addressing NGI challenges across a number of topics.

Key Objectives

The overall purpose of the NGI project is To provide the organisational and financial framework that will support the cascade funding of the EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet (NGI) related experiments built on top of EU – US experimental platforms.

To carry out this overall purpose, there are four core objectives in NGI

O1. Attract and enable start-ups and innovators from EU and US to collaborate together on experimental platforms through Open call -based cascade funded projects related to the NGI topics;

O2. Establish an EU-US Twinning Lab and provision of necessary support services;

O3. Setting up a transatlantic experimental platform “playground” that will reinforce collaboration and increase synergies between the EU’s Next Generation Internet initiative and the US’s Internet programmes and facilitate the development interoperable solutions and joint demonstrators;

O4. To ensure maximum impact and sustainability of the transatlantic NGI activities.

The tangible achievements (Key Performance Indicators – KPIs) of the four objective are highlighted here:

O1 will lead to the following KPIs:

  • An effective, user-friendly and highly visible platform (M1);
  • 5 timely open calls, addressing relevant priorities for EU-US NGI Experiments;
  • High quality proposals to choose from (expected success ratio of proposals: 1 in 5).

O2 will lead to the following KPIs:

  • 15 EU-US NGI experiments undertaken by Month 18;
  • 30 EU-US NGI experiments undertaken by Month 30;
  • 30-50+ European based collaborating organisations receiving funding by Month 30
  • 30-50+ US based collaborating organisations collaborating with the EU
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O3 will lead to the following KPIs:

  • Community Database: this KPI measures the number of representatives from the community that we manage to have signed up as a lasting asset. The main target groups will be profiled in terms of professional role, sector and country. It will also compare European with members from outside Europe and their profiles. Expectation is over 1,000 engaged community members;
  • Impact of social networking and viral marketing: this KPI will measure effectiveness by counting the number of tweets/posts, re-tweets and followers on the selected networks. It will also measure the level of visibility on external channels;
  • Impact of media outreach: this KPI counts the number of press releases, articles for specialised media, media partnerships and press clippings achieved. It also counts the number of content published on external channels (e.g. via media partners and synergies);
  • Engagement at workshops, webinars and NGI events: 5 webinars and 5 workshops organised, including co-located NGI-EXP Board meetings, with an average attendance of 50+ relevant stakeholders, to support for a sufficient quantity of submitted proposals;
  • Visibility at around > 30 third party NGI related events.

O4 will lead to the following KPIs:

  • By Month 01 of the project, there will be a kick-off meeting of the EU members of an Inter-NGI Projects working group consisting of the EU coordinators of all the ICT-24-2018–2019 and ICT-31-2018-2019 projects and NGI Management Team consisting of all the coordinators of the NGI projects in EU and US and the European Commission;
  • By Month 02 of the project, we will be in a position to add US members from partners, support partners and EAG, who are already coordinators of US funded projects and US funding agencies; they will be invited to join the NGI-Projects working group and a first meeting of the combined members will be held in Month 04, alongside the first Open Call Workshop;
  • External Advisory Group (EAG) establishment with EU and US members: this KPI measures the number of representatives from the EU based NGI projects and US based Internet projects that we sign up to sit on a newly established and reinvigorated NGI-EXP Board. The main target groups will be project coordinators initially, similar to the FIRE Board in the past. The membership will, of course, open up to new members on an ongoing basis. It is expected that the number of EU and US members will be 10 from each side first planned EAG Board meeting to be held in Month 8 


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H2020 addressing ICT-31-2018-2019: EU-US collaboration on NGI, Scope b) Research and Innovation Action, Common experiments by EU/US teams on emerging topics for the Next Generation Internet / Tomorrow's Internet programmes on top of EU/US experimental platforms. Grant Agreement no. 871582