The GÉANT Project has grown during its iterations (GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus, GN4-1) to incorporate not just the award-winning 500Gbps pan-European network, but also a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users.
The GÉANT network provides the high speed connectivity needed to share, access and process the massive volumes of data. This data is generated by, and essential to, diverse research and education communities across such areas as particle physics, bioinformatics, earth observation, drug discovery, and arts and culture.
The project partners 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.
The GÉANT Project is a truly pan-European collaboration between 40 partners:
38 European NRENs;
NORDUnet (representing the five Nordic countries);
GÉANT Limited (Project Coordinator) and GÉANT Association.
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”
The overall FPA objective for the GÉANT Partnership is to contribute to the effective European research
enterprise by making Europe the best-connected region in the world. GÉANT must offer European researchers the network, communications facilities and application access that ensure the digital continuum necessary to
allow them to conduct world-class research in collaboration with their peers around the world.
The FPA defines a number of more detailed objectives to achieve this. These are addressed by GN4-2 as
effectively as possible, given the financial and time constraints of the project. The overall impacts planned by GN4-2 include:
• By 2020, GÉANT is the European Communications Commons, where talent anywhere is able to collaborate with peers around the world and have instantaneous and unlimited access to any resource for knowledge creation, innovation and learning, unconstrained by the barriers of the pre-digital and the present digital world.
• Europe is the worldwide hub for research networking excellence.
• The digital divide across Europe is decreased.
Period of project implementation: 2016-05-01 - 2019-12-31
Project coordinator: GEANT Limited
Project partners: University of Vienna, Akademska Raziskovalna Mreza Slovenije (ARNES), BELNET, Bulgarian Research and Education Network, HRVATSKA AKADEMSKA I ISTRAZIVACKA MREZA CARNET, Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Educational Technology Foundation (Estonia), MACHBA - Interuniversity Computation Center, Macedonian Academic and Research Network SKOPJE, National Information Infrastructure Development Institute (Hungary), Entidad Publica Empresarial Red.es, Research and Educational Networking Association of Moldova, Zdruzenie Pouzivatelov Slovenskejakademickej Datovej Siete-SANET, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Latvia, Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu, University of Belgrade, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, United Institute of Informatics problems of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, CESNET Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych osob, Verein zur Förderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V. (DFN-Verein), Consortium GARR, Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association, Heanet Ltd, Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, Javna Ustanova Univerzitet Crne Gore Podgorica, Groupement d'Internet pour Lereseau National de Telecommunications pour la Technologie l'Enseignement et la Recherche (RENATER), Fondation "Restena", Administration Agency of the National Network for Education and Informatics Research (RoEduNet), University of Malta, Association of Users of Ukrainian Research and Academic Network (URAN), KYPRIAKO EREVNITIKO KAI AKADIMAIKO DIKTYO, GEANT Vereniging, ETHNIKO DIKTYO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS AE, Kaunas University of Technology, NORDUnet A/S, Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk, SURFnet bv, SWITCH