Skip to main content 2nd Open Call Insight keeps building bridges: 23 EU-US applications submitted to the 2nd Open Call just closed successfuly its Second Open Call, starting the evaluation phase of the second group of applications. In this article you will find some interesting stats giving you insights about the percentage of EU/US applicants, their origin and type of organisation and more. The higher number of applications compared to the first open call demonstrates the growing interest in transatlantic collaboration in NGI from SMEs and R&D actors alike throughout Europe and the US.

Insights from the results of the second Open Call

The second cycle of the 5 Open Calls has just been closed on the 30th of September. A total of 23 European coordinators have submitted their projects through our Grants Platform, in order to get a chance to fund their research experiment in collaboration with their US counterparts.

A good advantage for the participants in search of a partner has been the possibility to team-up and find their counterpart across the Atlantic thanks to the existence of a dedicated Twinning Lab. This is a space for researchers, innovators and start-ups that want to establish complementary partnerships in addressing NGI challenges across a number of topics (e.g. 5G, Big Data, IoT, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and others).


Most of the applying teams (19 out of 23) requested to fund their project in the Long Term category (six month duration), whereas the 4 remaining projects have requested a Short Term funding of three months, with an average funding request of 120.000€. Twelve EU countries and 18 US States have been involved, as detailed in the graphics below.

Just as in the previous open call, the main objective of is that of incentivizing EU – US NGI teams to carry out experiments of NGI results using EU and/or US based experimental platforms, such as Europe’s FED4FIRE+ and 5G-PPP, amongst others, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Wired and Wireless funded programs, such as ENTeR / GENI, FABRIC, and Future Cloud Platform, PAWR, US Ignite, and by the dedicated US-EU Internet Core & Edge (ICE-T) programmes. An innovation has been introduced in the Open Call topics, compared to the first open call, which was the possibility to apply with projects dedicated not only to experiments to be carried out on already existing platforms, but also to the development of new experimental platforms to be used as testbeds for future experiments.

On the type of organisations requesting the research funds, the images below show that 14 of the applicants on the EU side come from industry, mainly SMEs, while 12 were submitted by Research/Academia, and 4 by non-profit organisations. This result is in line with the types of organisations applying to the open call one. On the US side, once again a high number of applications come from the Research & Academia sector (16), 7 from large companies & SMEs, and 4 from non-profit organisations.

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The whole application process has been supported by two webinars entirely dedicated to the proposers! The webinars were tailor-made on the proposers' questions, including the one collected from the first Open Call (in that occasion, two events were organised as well to offer a step-by-step support to the applicants and maximise their possibilities to be selected). Moreover, this has also been a great chance to share with our applicants some lessons learnt from the first Open Call.


The first webinar, organised on September 9, focused on interested applicants, providing them an excellent opportunity to present and discuss their ideas for the three NGI topics introduced in the second Open Call.


The second proposers' webinar on September 23 introduced the project and opportunities and a deep dive-into the details of the Second Open Call, including the EU-US NGI experimental platforms and NGI priority areas where experiments will be funded.


In the following phase, each application will be reviewed by three members of our External Pool of Evaluators before reaching the decision of selecting the winning projects (click here if you are curious to know more about the winners of the first open call).

The External Evaluators are recognised experts in one or more NGI technical domains, who support with the review process. Each External Evaluator is selected through an ad hoc Open Call in order to ensure transparent and consistent evaluation of the applications. Moreover, each Evaluator gets assigned an Open Call in line with his/her specific experience in the field, for the review to be as relevant as possible. The assigned evaluators have to sign a non-conflict and confidentiality agreement and will be briefed on the principles guiding the calls, application and selection criteria and evaluation process.

The next Open Call will start on 1st December 2020. Every update concerning the open calls, selection of winning projects and proposers' webinars will be regularly published on our Twitter and Linkedin channels and communicated via our official newsletter. Join our community to not miss any of that!



Started on 1 January 2020, over its 30 month lifetime, aims to promote collaboration between EU and US around the technical challenges posed by the vision of a more human-centric, Next Generation Internet, with a total 2.8 million Euros budget dedicated to funding a set of five 3rd party open calls for EU – US proposals. The funding is available for European organisations with a US-based counterpart, willing to bring the results of high-quality research & innovation activities onto NGI experimental platforms.

The whole Open Call process was entirely managed via the Trust Grant platform, from the selection of the External Pool of Evaluators (EPE) (continuous open here); to the overall Open call application process, evaluation assignments, and monitoring of the selected projects.

The 30-months project 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.

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