Press Release: TrustChain is open to applications!

TrustChain project started in January 2023 to address the inherent challenges within the current centralised Internet architecture that is not transparent to the user, does not protect the privacy-by -default and does not scale well through 5 Open Calls and an overall budget of €8,775M. 

€ 1 ,755,000 will be distributed in the Open Call #1 among up to 15 projects along with free coaching and access to infrastructure. Trustworthy digital identities and data are the focus of this TrustChain Open Call 1 (OC1) on “Decentralised Digital Identity”. 

Who can Apply?

TrustChain welcomes applications from developers, innovators, researchers, SMEs and entrepreneurs working 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, Digital Identity, Blockchain Protocol), 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.

How does it work?

The evaluation process is composed of three phases:

o   Phase 1: Admissibility & eligibility check

o   Phase 2: Proposals evaluation

o   Phase 3: Online interviews 

Evaluation period will last until the end of May 2023. Up to 15 selected projects will participate for a duration of 9 months actively developing interoperable and sustainable digital identity management applications that are transparent and address the needs of the future decentralised internet.

As part of the TRUSTCHAIN action, experts in diverse fields will also provide to Third party innovators selected technology development guidance, working methodology as well as access to technical infrastructure, training in business model development and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and community building support.

Applications are open until 10 April 2023, at 17:00 CEST

About TrustChain

TrustChain will tackle several challenges pertaining to trustworthy and reliable digital identity, to resilient, secure and reliable data pathways, to economics and trading of data, to energy efficiency for data storage, transport and sharing, to seamless services and data flows. A new trustworthy data governance and sharing model in line with the European regulatory framework and taking into account European values will be developed that will ensure Trusted Data Ecosystems.



Press contact: Tajana Medaković []

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