• Under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, the Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) empowers internet innovators to develop human-centric technologies to make it significantly easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider, addressing the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR as well any other interesting topics related to data and service portability including free-flow of personal data.

    DAPSI will support around 50 projects through a 9-month programme where experts in diverse fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and community building. On top of that, each DAPSI team will receive up to €150k equity-free funding, distributing a total amount of €5.6M through three open calls.

  • The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016, aims to shape the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data. The NGI will drive this technological revolution and ensure the progressive adoption of advanced concepts and methodologies spanning the domains of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, interactive technologies and more, while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric.

  • DAPSI can empower you to develop interoperable technology solutions in the data portability field through a 9-month programme, where experts in diverse fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and community building. On top of that, each selected project can receive up to €150k of financial support.

  • DAPSI will offer data related services, technical and business training, coaching and access to top infrastructure.

  • Your project idea could be financed if you are selected in any of the DAPSI calls. Conditions are found in the Guidelines for Applicants. A selected project could be funded up to €150k. This amount will be limited in the case of individuals applying as natural person.

  • After the open calls for proposals, the selected teams will join the programme comprising 2-phases of incubation:

    KICK-START PHASE – around 50 projects will enter this phase.
    BOOSTER PHASE – the best projects from KICK-START PHASE will progress to this phase.

  • This Open Call aims at projects to develop technology solutions and services in the Data Portability field. More specifically, DAPSI will support projects working in the following sub-domains:

    • Data Transparency for a more transparent personal data storage and a more fine-grained data transfer when exercising personal data access rights;
    • Data Compatibility & Interoperability to facilitate switches between service providers;
    • Security & Privacy of consumers when their personal data are transferred from one provider to another.
    • Service Portability to empower users to share their data with any service provider and host that they trust;
    • Data Sovereignty to empower users to transfer a complete data set or parts of it to any new provider without giving reasons;
    • Other relevant Data and Service portability projects.

    The subdomains are not separate from one another but merge into one another. This transition can be fluid. Applications based on Data Portability solutions oriented to other subdomains can be submitted as well.

  • Funding is given by the DAPSI consortium under a Sub-Grantee Agreement signed by the selected proposers and DAPSI consortium. The funds are given by the European Commission (Horizon 2020 Framework Programme), which uses DAPSI as an intermediary.

  • No. Only the selected beneficiaries will be benefiting from DAPSI services.

  • The funds of the project come from the H2020 Programme. This means its regulation will apply to the funds. If you get additional public funding from other entities it will be your responsibility to assure the compatibleness of the different sources of funding.

  • The aid provided is relying on a cascade-funding scheme involving H2020 funds. The scheme is based on a Grant Agreement signed by the European Commission and the DAPSI Consortium partners. The Consortium partners as such receive the H2020 funds which are then transferred to the winners of our open calls based on the rules and regulations explained in the Guidelines for Applicants available at our website. This means that funds that will be received by the call winners are H2020 funds.

  • UK participants are eligible for funding under the third DAPSI open call.

  • DAPSI will distribute a total amount of €5.6M through three open calls.


  • Natural person(s):

    • One or more individuals (team);
    • established in any eligible country (see section 2.3). This does not consider the country of origin but the residence permit.

    Legal entity:

    • one or more entities (consortium);
    • established in an eligible country (see section 2.3);
    • universities, research centres, NGOs, foundations, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (see definition of SME according to the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC)* working on internet or/and other related technologies are eligible. Large enterprises cannot participate.

    any combination of the above

    In addition, the following condition apply:

    • The organisations or individuals applying should have not have convictions for fraudulent behaviour, other financial irregularities, unethical or illegal business practices.
    • The participating organisations should not have been declared bankrupt or have initiated bankruptcy procedures.

    See Guidelines for applicants for more detail.

    * SME definition: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition_en

  • The F6S platform is the entry point for all proposals at https://www.f6s.com/dapsi-open-call-3/apply. Submissions received by any other channel will be automatically discarded.

    Remember to read the Guidelines for Applicants to get all the information you need to apply successfully.

  • Only one proposal will be accepted for funding per entity, individual or F6S user.

    In the case of a multi-submission by an entity, individual, or F6S user, only the last one received (timestamp of the system) will enter into our evaluation process, being the rest declared as non-eligible.

    If the last submitted proposal is declared then not-eligible or fails the thresholds of the evaluation, the rest of proposals will not be considered for evaluation in any case.

  • 23 November 2021 at 05:00 pm CET. There will not be deadline extensions unless a major problem, caused by DAPSI and not by the proposers, makes the system unavailable.

  • Yes. The proposals information will be shared within the DAPSI Consortium and DAPSI Advisory Board and other NGI projects to assure the avoidance of double-funding and operational capacity. A summary of the proposals and the participants’ information will be shared with the EC. Moreover, we will publish an Open Dataset with the beneficiaries of our open call including their basic information data and funding received in our project website, social media accounts.

    All the information that will be made public is clearly indicated in the official documentation of the call. Unless you want to, no technical insights will be published anywhere.

  • Yes, you can try again in the next call.

  • Every eligible proposal will be evaluated by two different experts. The evaluation criteria are:

    • Excellence & innovation of the project (60% weighting)
    • Expertise and excellence of the proposed team (20% weighting)
    • Project planning and value for money (20% weighting)
  • It is highly recommended to use Free and Open Source Licenses (i.e. Open Source Hardware and Free and Open Source Software) and Open Standards. If not, it should be duly justified.

  • The documents that will be submitted are:

    Application form: administrative questions to be completed directly in the F6S platform. In addition, some general questions for statistic purpose and tick boxes to be clicked by the third parties confirming they have read the conditions and agree with the conditions defined in this document. In addition, an ANNEX III will be uploaded in case that more than 3 applicants participate as individuals (natural persons) or/and more than 3 applicants participate as organisations (Legal entities) filled with the information about the applicant(s) that do not fit in the application form.

    Proposal description: document in PDF format containing the description of the project. It will include different sections: (1) Overview of the proposal, (2) Excellence/Innovation, (3) Expertise and Excellence of the proposed team, (4) Project Planning.

  • 20 January 2021. You can find our open application deadlines on our Apply page

  • You should be able to view and access all your applications on F6S. If you run into any issues accessing your applications or account, please contact .

  • If you have submitted an application and would like to change or update any information please email F6S (). Let them know what you would like to change along with the name of your project on your application.

  • After applications close, we’ll review applications within a maximum of 8 weeks, and spend time getting to know even more about your team, project, progress and idea. Our goal is to notify applicants within 8 weeks from the application closing date.

  • The applicant must be aware that the project should have a research and technical development focus. Projects delivering paperwork as main (or only) output at the end of the project will not be selected as it is not the scope of the call.

  • There is no restriction on participating in DAPSI if you were already funded by other NGI project, as long as the applicant does not receive funding for exactly the same project. Double-funding is not possible.


  • Payments will be done in 3 instalments.


    • Beginning of the implementation – 1st payment (M1): 1/3 of the total grant (up to 50,000€, limited to 25,000€ for groups of individuals and 12,500€ for an individual natural person) will be released.
    • Mid-term review and second payment (M5) 1/3 of the grant per team.


    Final review and third payment (M9): the consortium will pay the remaining 1/3 per team.

  • Payments will be done based on concrete results and not administrative justifications.

  • Subcontracting is not encouraged. The general rule applicable to DAPSI project is that beneficiaries must have the appropriate resources to implement the full set of tasks needed within the project. This means it is not allowed to subcontract key parts of the project.

    Examples (not restricted to) of subcontracting not desired are, paying an external developer not in the company, paying a research centre or foundation to execute technical tasks, etc. Employees of a company are never considered subcontractors but part of the company itself.

    Example(not restricted to) of subcontracting activities that could be appropriate if needed are legal services or design services.

    In addition, the subcontracting amount should not represent a relevant amount of the total budget and should be justified on the submitted proposal.

  • If you participate as a team of individuals, you have to stick to that team. Only new members can be added to improve the team but not to change the initial team. If you are participating as an entity, you are free to add new employees from the firm to the team.

  • Physical presence is required if you are selected as a beneficiary, to participate in 3 DAPSI events, but only if all security and health conditions are met. During the COVID-19 pandemic, those events will be online.

  • Notice that the people included in the proposal must be later involved in the execution. The team could be extended with new members but the core team included in the proposal should be maintained as you have been awarded based on this group of experts. In case of justified reason, a member could be replaced by another expert with a similar profile. However, It will need approval by the DAPSI consortium.

  • Each selected participant will get up to €500,000 in free software, infrastructure, and other support as part of F6S’ Alpha program. This can include SendGrid email infrastructure as well as advice and preferential rates to reclaim R&D Tax Credits, if available.

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