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.


Developing a Student eID for Higher Education

MyAcademicID focuses on developing a European Student eID for Higher Education. This will allow students to identify and register themselves electronically at higher education institutions when going abroad on exchange and to access different student services.


The European Student eID for Higher Education will be the result of the integration of eduGAIN, the European Student Identifier and the establishment of digital bridges between them and the eIDAS framework.

The project seeks to integrate the European student eID into four e-services: the Online Learning Agreement, the Erasmus+ Dashboard, the Erasmus+ Mobile App and the PhD Hub Platform. Additionally, the Portuguese national student ID (Estudante ID) will be made interoperable with the European Student eID, showcasing how national identity providers can join this digital scheme. Future integration with Erasmus Without Paper is also foreseen.

The scalability of the project and the potential for integration of the European Student eID with a myriad of other student services, not only pave the way for seamless student mobility and a stronger, reinforced European student status throughout Europe, but make MyAcademicID a key component of the European Student Card Initiative spearheaded by the European Commission.

Project partners: European University Foundation - coordinator (EUF); Centre national des œuvres universitaires et scolaires (CNOUS); Géant Association; Swedish Research Council; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (UBER); University of Malaga (UMA); Réseau national de communications électroniques pour la technologie, l'enseignement et la recherche (RENATER); Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES); Fondazione ENDISU; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH); Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW); Ente per il Diritto allo studio Universitario dell'Università Cattolica (EDUCATT); and Direction Interministérielle du Numérique et des Systèmes d’Information et de Communication de l’état (DINSIC).

MyAcademicID receives funding from the EC CEF Programme (1633245)

To learn more, visit the MyAcademicID website.

Developing a human-centric internet
NGI Trust.pngNGI Trust supports the development of a human-centric Internet by developing a stronger European ecosystem of researchers, innovators and technology developers in the field of privacy and trust enhancing technologies.  

The project has four main objectives to:

  • Reinforce, structure and develop the community of researchers, innovators and technology developers in the field of privacy and trust enhancing tech.
  • Build on the state of the art in privacy and trust enhancing technologies: focusing support for third-party projects in a limited number of priority topics.
  • Improve user trust and acceptance of emerging technology: using applications and solutions to develop a more open and reliable Internet + strengthen Internet Governance.
  • Foster the exploitation and commercialisation of the results of selected third-party projects through a tailored process of coaching and mentoring.

This will be realised by three open calls for innovation projects.  A 1st call (open from 1 February 2019) seeks to attract a broad mix of projects including a larger number of early-stage ‘feasibility’ studies.  A 2nd call (scheduled to open in October 2019) and a 3rd call (scheduled to open in February 2020) will aim to build on 1st phase projects (larger second round funded projects following on from smaller pilot/feasibility projects) but also attract additional players with scalable projects in specific fields, industries or verticals.