EC partnership

​GÉANT has been a trusted partner of the European Commission (EC) for many years, as the coordinator of network projects co-funded by the European Union (EU) and national research and education network (NREN) organisations in Europe, and by those in other world regions.  


Within the partnership we have built, developed and operated networks in Europe and around the world, and led collaborative innovation, federated service delivery, and support for knowledge-sharing,​ to the research and education community. ​​


We have long-standing relationships with the following directorates:


Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology

GÉANT has been managing the GÉANT series of projects (successively called GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus and now GN4-1) since 1997. The EU’s H​​orizon 2020 research and innovation programme, through DG CONNECT, funds the current project and the AARC project that we also manage. GÉANT also managed the ORIENT projects funded through this DG. More about DG CONNECT.



Directorate General International Partnerships

GÉANT has managed several EC-funded projects to build and operate regional research and education networks since 2005, including for the ​AfricaConnect and CAREN projects​. GÉANT also managed the ALICE and TEIN projects, successfully handing the networks over to local organisations. More about DG INTPA.


Directorate General Neighbourbood and Enlargements Negotiations
GÉANT manages the Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) and EUMEDCONNECT series of projects. More about DG NEAR​.