Project Name: European Self Sovereign Identity Framework Laboratory


Self-sovereign identity (SSI) promises to empower European citizens with new means to manage privacy, eliminate logins, and enjoy much faster and safer electronic transactions via the internet as well as in real life. SSI promises to empower European organisations to speed up, secure and automate transactions with customers, suppliers and partners, resulting in tens of billions of euros in savings annually on administrative costs in Europe. SSI promises to drive a new business ecosystem with thousands of new jobs, new job categories and new business opportunities for existing and new European companies.

SSI is not a self-fulfilling promise. While so-called SSI ‘solutions’ are popping up all over the world, the vast majority have a local scope, i.e. they solve a problem in a specific domain, they do not scale (at every level they need to, e.g. at the technical, process, information and business levels), and scarcely interoperate. Addressing these issues is a top priority for the eSSIF-Lab project.

eSSIF-Lab (European Self-Sovereign Identity Framework Laboratory) is a lab-to-market project for ICT-24 subtopic 1-b “strengthening internet trustworthiness with electronic identities”, that facilitates the further development, integration and adoption of SSI technologies through a cascade funding approach targeting innovative companies developing SSI based solutions. eSSIF-Lab is championed by leading experts in SSI technologies, cascade funding, business acceleration and continuous deployment of open-source software. eSSIF-Lab will award 58 subgrants to startups and SMEs in 2 types of open calls, 1 targeting technical enhancements and extensions of the SSI framework (16), and 2 targeting SSI business and social innovations and applications (42). The project will provide business and technical support to integrate SSI technology with market propositions, and to accelerate SSI-related businesses and social applications. The outreach through the open calls and the prominent position in the emerging SSI community will enable the eSSIF-Lab consortium to advance the broad uptake of SSI as a next-generation open and trusted digital identity solution.

Reason for applying to services

In my role as project coordinator, I want to understand the nature of support that HSBooster provides, in order to assess to what extent such support would be useful to our former subgrantees (project has ended). Specifically, I am looking for this in the context of the new eSSIF-Lab-to-Market association, where eSSIF-Lab alumni are now organised. 

Main Standardisation Interests

Many of our subgrantees have contributed to standardisation: W3C, ToIP, DIF, OIDC and otherwise, and associated interop testing. This was to assure interoperability between their solutions.

Open Call Topic(s): Sustainable digitalisation

Project Acronym: eSSIF-Lab


Grant Agreement Id: 871932

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Programme: H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Call for proposal: H2020-ICT-2018-20

Funding Scheme: RIA - Research and Innovation action