The GÉANT Project (GN4-2)  has grown during its iterations, through GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus and GN4-1.

The current project phase, GN4-2, is a 32-month project beginning 1 May 2016 and ending 31 December 2018.
The GÉANT Project is a large collaboration with the following partners:

  • 36 European NRENs;
  • NORDUnet (representing the five Nordic countries);
  • GÉANT (Project Coordinator)

They work together to provide network connectivity and to collaborate on joint research activities, investing in the development and delivery of an advanced portfolio of services, tools and network capabilities to institutions, projects and researchers.

Through a special Framework Partner Agreement (FPA) contract with the EC, the GÉANT Project has been tasked with the provision of a stable, though innovative environment for the growth of the GÉANT network, as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, providing the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research.

The GÉANT Project is part of the Excellent Science: e-infrastructures programme with a vital role to ensure Horizon 2020 project participants are fully able to collaborate, share and access data, discuss and learn together, and test their innovations across the network unimpeded.

Close cooperation with other European e-infrastructure providers and large scientific projects generating vast volumes of data (e.g. ESFRI projects, CERN) will ensure the unique challenges of this dynamic community are met.

There are three main areas of work in the GÉANT Project :

  • to build and operate the pan-European research and education network;
  • to develop and deliver a portfolio of innovative, federated services
    including connectivity, trust and identity, cloud, real-time
    collaboration and media services;
  • to undertake collaborative research programmes.

The GÉANT Project is structured into three functional activity groups to deliver this:

  • Networking Activities (NAs) support the operation and management of
    all GN4-2 activities including project management, internal and external
    communications and promotion, international liaison, and business
  • Service Activities (SAs) provide the GÉANT Project services for the
    research and education community, such as network services and trust and
    identity services.
  • Joint Research Activities (JRAs) are targeted at critical analyses
    of future network and application technologies with a view to future
    deployment of emerging technologies across the network and services.

Examples are: network services development; network and eInfrastructure evolution; trust and identity development; and Application services delivery development around Clouds and webRTC.

Do you want to know more or be involved in some way with the GÉANT Project, please contact Eoin Kenny via