​GÉANT achieves top EC project rating for the fifth co​​nsecutive year

13​th December 2016 | Amsterdam, Netherlands / Cambridge, UK​


A European success ​​story – supporting collaboration across the research and education community​​

For the past 15 years the GÉANT project has supported 50 million research and education users in over 10,000 institutions, delivering advanced networking services and facilitating research activities in the fields of networking, trust and identity, security and collaborative services.


Funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme and the National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) the GÉANT network interconnects Europe's NRENs, operates at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaches more than half the countries in the world. It offers the highest levels of capacity and security that research and education users need, where and when they need it.


As a mark of its success, the GÉANT project has recently been awarded the top rating by an independent EC review board for the fifth consecutive year. This rating is only awarded to projects that can demonstrate they have fully met all their objectives and milestones and to achieve this 5 years in a row demonstrates the level of skill and professionalism within the team of experts built from across the European R&E community.

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Matthew Scott Presenting at the EC Review in Brussels


Making a differe​nce across diverse communities

GÉANT’s pioneering network, innovations and services have a massive impact across Europe, from big science projects to the man in the street, and the knowledge communities GÉANT serves are diverse:

  • Big science projects that involve large amounts of data generation and widespread scientific collaborations.
  • Universities, hospitals, schools, art and humanities, museums.
  • Individuals such as researchers, students, teaching staff and the growing Citizen Science movement.

By working together GÉANT, the NRENs and the wider R&E community help to support this huge range of users and requirements.


“The fifth consecutive top ranking for the GÉANT Project is a tribute to the commitment, expertise and passion of the hundreds of people from across Europe who have worked together to deliver  world-class services and research into advanced networking to support research and education” ​Matthew Scott, Chief Programmes Officer, GÉANT


GÉANT in numbers 2015-16

  • 50 million users in 10,000 institutions

  • 39 Partner organisations – providing 164 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff

  • Over 1000 Petabytes of data transmitted in 2015-16 – 4,000 times the data stored in the US Library of Congress or 220 million DVDs. Data volumes are increasing 40% year on year.

  • Over 1,000,000,000 international eduroam authorisations reached since launch – giving users access to free, secure wifi access when moving between locations and countries

  • 38 identity federations interlinked – supporting pan-European access to services and information


Further Infor​mation

To find out how GÉANT has supported European and Worldwide Research and Education and has a positive impact on so many areas of advanced research, visit www.geant.org​​


The GÉANT project is managed by GEANT Limited based in Cambridge UK. The project currently receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 731122 (GN4-2)


GN4-1 ​​Highlights
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