Trust & identity projects

GÉANT partners with the EC, national research and education networking (NREN) organisations and other institutions to bring about new service innovations and adoption on a global basis. GÉANT currently manages the following trust and identity projects:


  • ​Development of an interoperable authentication and authorisation framework (AARC).

  • Representing the requirements of reasearch and education in access and identity management (REFEDS).

  • GÉANT manages the development and expansion of eduGAIN around the world​.

An overview of these projects is shown below, with further information available on the respective project websites.​

Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration

AARC is creating a common authentication and authorisation framework for research and collaboration communities; one blueprint architecture, one set of policies and one collection of training materials that should work for everyone. AARC is also working with research collaborations to to pilot and improve specific technical and policy aspects.

GÉANT leads this, the second AARC project, which is an EC-funded project with 24 partners from NRENs, e-infrastructures, service providers and libraries. 

To learn more, visit the AARC​ website.
refeds_logo_new.jpgThe voice of research and education identity federations worldwide

The REFEDS group represents the requirements of research and education in access and identity management, working with and influencing the direction of other organisations on behalf of its participants. REFEDs participants share an interest in developing access and identity management technology, policies and processes.

REFEDS is managed by GÉANT which provides secretariat support for the group. 
To learn more, visit the R​EFEDS website.
​​​GÉANT Project

refeds_logo_new.jpgThe GÉANT Project has a dedicated research activity focused on Trust, Identity and Security ​

GÉANT Has been the drving force behind the development and expansion of eduGAIN across the R&E community with nearly 50 federations worldwide taking part. ​Through its research programmes​, GÉANT continues to develop services and technologies to support R&E collaboration. 

To learn more, visit the eduGAIN site.