GÉANT Innovation Programme

The GÉANT Innovation Programme is a unique opportunity to enable initial development, establish a proof of concept or testing of new ideas, with lightweight, administrative constraints.

As part of the GÉANT Community Programme (GCP), the GÉANT Association has reserved EUR300k to support an Innovation Programme for specific research projects to be carried out by the GÉANT Community, i.e. GÉANT Member NRENs, universities, research institutions/institutes or other such legal entities to which a GÉANT Association Member NREN provides services.

The call for proposals is for research project funding of up to EUR30k, for a duration of no longer than 9 months.

Who can apply? 

Member NRENs from the GÉANT Association or legal entities from one of its ‘connected institutions’, including universities, research or education institutes or institutions connected to an NREN, are welcomed and eligible for funding under this programme.

Which research topics will you consider?

Any subject area or topic providing that it falls within GÉANT’s Community remit! For example, proposals can draw upon areas such as networking, cloud, security, trust & Identity and education.

We particularly encourage innovative proposals that demonstrate significant scientific or societal and economic impact and create benefit for the GÉANT European Research and Education community. Examples of previous innovation developed within the GÉANT Community include widely adopted services, such as eduroam, eduVPN and eduMEET.  

Our funding decisions are based on a number of criteria, including: quality, innovation, potential impact and value for money. 

How to apply

Download the application form

PDF | Word

Fill it in and upload it onto Indico


Receive the final evaluation within 5 weeks of submission

Login or registration to Indico is required in order to submit your proposal. Applicants must upload two documents: 

  1. Signed and (if necessary) stamped PDF 
  2. Microsoft Word or PDF of the proposals.

Application guidelines

Consult the guidance for applicants on the dedicated page, including FAQs and a checklist to verify your eligibility and the completion of your application.

Read the full guide for applicants here

Funded projects

Launched in February 2021, the GÉANT Innovation Programme funded eight projects in the areas of multimedia, networks, trust&identity, education, clouds, security and privacy.

Visit the overview of funded projects here

Hear from Claudio Allocchio, Senior Technical Officer at GARR and chair of the GÉANT Community Committee (GCC), about the benefits of the GÉANT Innovation Programme, expected topics and tips for innovators.

About the GÉANT Community Programme

The GÉANT Community Programme with Task Forces (TFs), Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and special workshops and trainings assist GÉANT, NRENs and other R&E bodies to collaborate, share experiences. The GÉANT Community Programme guides future developments of networking services, technology and also a variety of non-technical topics for the GÉANT community.

The GÉANT Community Programme is a grassroot, voluntary initiative built by world experts from NRENs, user organisations, research institutions, commercial and industrial sectors.  TFs and SIGs provide an effective framework for forums to share information and best practices and to discuss possible innovations and further developments of services.

​For further information and help, please contact: innovation@geant.org 

The call will remain open until the complete allocation of funding or until further notice.

Monthly reminders of the call will be issued, and evaluations will be called not later than four weeks after a proposal is received.

​Application start: 
February 2021

Proposals evaluated on a monthly basis

Decision made within 5 weeks (6 if further clarifications are required. 

Agreement sent out within 1 week of notification of success

Relevant dates

6 April 2021
Drop in session (’30 minutes)
30 April 2021
Deadline for submission
​3 May 2021
Drop in session (’30 minutes)
28 May 2021
Deadline for submission
30 June 2021
Deadline for submissions