This project ended at the end of December 2022.

eSSIF-Lab was an EU-funded project and aimed at advancing the broad uptake of Self-Sovereign Identities (SSI) as a next generation, open and trusted digital identity solution for faster and safer electronic transactions via the Internet and in real life.

eSSIF-Lab distributed up to 5.6 M€ among 56 projects selected through 4 open calls:

  • one infrastructure-oriented open call (30 projects) targeting open source technical enhancements and extensions of our SSI framework, and
  • two business-oriented open calls (22 projects) targeting commercial competitive SSI components and services.
  • one “Completing the Framework” open call (4 projects) aimed at completing and reinforcing the eSSIF-Lab SSI Framework. 

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What’s in it for selected companies?

The business-oriented programme is an 8-month programme to accelerate SSI-related businesses and social solutions, structured in 3 competitive stages (i.e. only the best performing projects will go on into the next phase).

The programme includes business and technical support to integrate SSI technology with market propositions and projects will be funded between  €15K and €106K, depending on the stage they reach.

eSSIF-Lab Infrastructure Development Instrument will support innovators to provide scalable and interoperable open source SSI components for eSSIF-Lab Framework with up to €155K.

Selected companies under this instrument will have the opportunity to take part in a very active and collaborative ecosystem with other eSSIF-Lab participants in order to:


  • improve framework’s vision, architecture, specifications etc.,
  • ensure interoperability (at the technical and process levels) and
  • address each other’s issues jointly.

Who is eSSIF-Lab?

eSSIF-Lab consortium is composed of:


An independent Dutch RTO, with SSI technical and innovational experts (Coordinator)


A cascade funding and community expert


A business accelerator for innovative ecosystems


A recognized cloud computing and IT e-Infrastructure and services provider


eSSIF-Lab is funded by the European Commission, as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement Nº 871932 and it’s framed under Next Generation Internet Initiative.