NGI Enrichers implementation team will regularly update the FAQ section throughout 2022-2025
I was a funded fellow by the previous phase of the Program. Am I eligible for the NGI Enrichers Program?
Yes, there are financial support for innovators. We intend to plan over 70 researchers or innovators. We do not have separate target numbers for researchers or innovators.
If I am selected as an evaluator, can I submit the application, knowing that I will not evaluate my own application?
This is not possible. Please choose either “evaluator” or “applicant”. However, the opposite situation is possible: the previously funded fellows can become evaluators for the future calls if there are open positions.
I am EU-national based in Brazil and specialized in Next Generation Internet topics. Am I eligible for NGI Enrichers fellowships?
You are not eligible. You should work and pay taxes in one of the European Union country or in one of the countries associated to Horizon Europe Framework Programme.
Can citizens of the UK and Morocco (countries in process of association to Horizon Europe) be funded as fellows?
UK and Morocco are not associated to Horizon Europe yet, thus their citizens are not eligible for the current call. As soon as a country become associated to Horizon Europe, Their citizens will become eligible for funding.
The information is regularly updated and available via this link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/common/guidance/list-3rd-country-participation_horizon-euratom_en.pdf
Applicants from social science and the humanities who believe they contribute to Next Generation Internet related projects in technology fields are encouraged to apply. They are key for sensibly addressing the NGI vision.
I am a non-European citizen, permanent resident in Germany. I am employed in Germany and pay taxes there. Will my application be eligible for fellowship funding?
We are two NGI applicants working in tandem. We plan to apply together (one application), as the host organization is happy to host both of us. Is it possible?
The application is individual. Both of you could submit separate applications for the same host, however they will be considered separately and there is no guarantee that both applications will be selected.
If I am selected, can I spend the first half time at one host (in the USA) and the second half period with another host, who was not associated to my application?
This is possible only if your ‘main’ host agrees with this and requests for this change. The ‘main’ host should confirm that this is a joint project between two hosts organisations and that you will be working on the same project as the one for which you submitted the application.
NGI does not automatically exclude, under its scope, any prospective Fellow. However, it is up to interested parties to justify, to evaluators and hosts, that their work focuses, with enough relevance, on NGI topics. More information on the program and how your initiative can fit within it can be found at: https://enrichers.ngi.eu/program/
NGI is a term commonly utilized within the European Commission context. To facilitate comprehension the following are key topics that correspond to the “NGI” terminology:
- Artificial Intelligence;
- Big Data;
- Cloud and Edge computing;
- Quantum computing and algorithms;
- Xtended Realities;
- Peer to peer technologies;
- Virtual Realities;
- Decentralized Internet;
- Data sovereignty
- Digital commons
- Web 3.0
- Greening of ICT
The main domain applications of these technologies include the following:
- Energy transition;
- Industry 4.0;
- Autonomous V2X;
- Immersive environment;
- Intuitive user experience;
- Lifelong learning;
Nevertheless, as detailed in QX, it is up to interested parties to justify, to evaluators and hosts, that their work focuses, with enough relevance, on NGI topics.
Can the stay be longer than 6 months, for example 12 months? If yes, is the stipend limited to 6 months or can it be spread over the whole duration?
The stipend is limited to 6 months starting from the travel date, it can not be spread. If for the paired teams track your host institution invited you for more than 6 months, you can apply for a longer visa. Cost reimbursement of NGI Enrichers will be limited to the cost of visa and travel protection insurance for 6 months.
Can I sign myself the letter of commitment on behalf of the host organisation in the US, if I know the organisation is ready to host me?
No, you can’t. The letter of commitment must be sign by the host organisation, using the template provided in the call materials.
All payments will be done to the personal account of the fellow.
The financial support covers only travel and subsistence (monthly living allowance). Usually this is not considered as ‘income’, however you may wish to check modalities with your national tax office.
Can I accumulate the stipend with other supports, such as other stipends or even a contract from the host institution?
Yes, for the paired teams track – as far as you are in line with NGI Enrichers requirements and reports. Please align with your own institution and comply with your national law. For the other tracks (open ideas and challenges), the potential host organisations signed the MoU with NGI Enrichers stipulating that hosts organisations are not providing any financial support, and they also do not provide housing access to the fellows.
I am planning to bring my whole family (wife and kids), if I am selected. Do you also cover their visa fees? Is there any addition support you offer for family?
NGI Enrichers provides individual short terms fellowship for 3 to 6 months. Family visa fees or any other family related expenses are not covered, and support is not provided.
Search for hosts / fellows
Can we put our profile “potential applicant, looking for host organizations” on your web site, maybe some potential hosts could be interested to make paired teams call with me?
For the first calls (November 2022 – March 2023), this is not planned. If this option becomes possible for the future calls, we will announce it on the website.
Bootcamps, training, mentorship
I am the counterpart specialist from the host organization in the USA, now temporary in Europe. Can I participate in the bootcamp in Europe, with my own travel cost?
Participation of the US and Canadian hosts in the bootcamps is not planned. However, we see added value from such participation. Please contact the Program implementation team to discuss options.
If I am selected as a fellow, should I pay travel to the bootcamp from my lumpsum monthly allowance?
Travel cost to attend the bootcamps is reimbursed in addition to the transatlantic travel cost. However, the total funding per fellow, including bootcamp travel cost, fellowship travel cost, visa, insurance, monthly allowance cannot exceed 25.800 euro for a 6-month mission and 14.400 euros for a 3-month mission.
This information will be included in the application form. The dates are different for each call.
NGI Enrichers will implement a dedicated Community Management Platform (CMP) to foster introductions, collaboration, as well as one-to-many and many-to-many mentoring (including peer-to-peer) sessions.
When it comes to one and one meetings, the CMP will be the core platform to facilitate such meetings (administered meetings through vetted requests).
Also, thanks to the CMP we will build lasting relationships, sustaining the community after the program, and this is the place where we store all the information about the fellow.
Intellectual Property (IP)
The host and the fellow should agree on IP before the fellowship is started. NGI Enrichers program does not intervene in the IP issues.