Fostering a Human-Centred,
Trustworthy and
Sustainable Internet

TrustChain supports innovators to develop
the Next Generation Internet protocols

Up to ~8,8 millions € funding, mentoring
and access to top infrastructure


Empower citizens, civil society
and organizations to better
govern their online data thanks
to a human-centric approach

Ensure individuals self-sovereign
identity and virtual identity management

Ensure data privacy and
resilience with secure and
trustworthy data pathways

Ensure trust on the Internet
and empowering citizen
with online democratic
organisation and mechanisms

Develop new business and
sustainable models for data sharing and online services exchange based on decentralised technologies and open source

Ensure greenness and
energy efficiency of the
TrustChain ecosystem
of decentralised software

15 projects get up to 117k €

Navigating the data exchange/trading arena proves challenging due to the involvement of multiple parties, leading to issues of trust, privacy, consent, and regulatory complexities. The existing market mechanisms for data exchange face hurdles, exacerbated by the dynamic nature of data and the digital landscape. Additionally, challenges in market competition, fair settlement practices, and determining ownership rights further complicate the ecosystem. Organizations must grapple with these challenges, ranging from establishing trust frameworks to addressing evolving privacy regulations and ensuring fair compensation for data contributors. Tackling these complexities necessitates collaborative efforts and innovative solutions to create a secure, transparent, and ethical data exchange environment.

Apply until 14 February 2024 at 17:00

TrustChain aims to set up an External Pool of Evaluators to support the review process of the proposals received from TrustChain Open call #3 – Economics and Democracy. The External Pool of Evaluators gathers a set of recognized independent experts highly knowledgeable on different NGI relevant topics and application domains at the intersection between the technical field (e.g Software Engineering, Network Security, Semantic Web, Cryptography, Blockchain, Digital Twin, Blockchain Security, Blockchain Protocol, Zero-Knowledge Proofs, Multi-Party Computation, Homomorphic Encryption, Data Privacy, Data Governance), the Social sciences and Humanities (e.g Social Innovation, not-for-profit sector, Social Entrepreneurship, public goods) as well as any others including economics, environment, art, design, which can contribute to NGI TrustChain relevant vision.

Call for Expression of Interest for experts is open from 18 January 2024 until 01 February 2024 (17:00 CEST)


Equity Free

Up to EUR 117.000 per sub-grantee

Mentoring & Coaching

Access to various multidisciplinary expertise and webinars;
Support for scaling up innovative business and/or service models

Visibility & Promotion

Promotion of project/ achievements towards TrustChain community


Access to a wider NGI community;
Opportunities to setup new research and cross-collaboration projects;
Presence in top EU events related with blockchain;
Matchmaking service between innovators, connections with some accelerators and/or venture capitalists for the ones who end up implementing the solutions.



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