​First GÉANT Open Call programme is a resounding success


24 June 2015 | Cambridge, UK


High quality projects could “shape future of research networking”

The first GÉANT Open Call programme has now come to an end. In just 18 months, the initiative has exceeded all objectives, with 21 projects and 30 new participants adding new expertise to the GÉANT Innovation Programme.


Said Michael Enrico, GÉANT Technical Coordinator: ​“The Open Call initiative has been used to enhance and complement existing GÉANT research, bringing in fresh ideas and supporting new and innovative users of the network. It is also an excellent way of increasing our interaction with universities, research institutes and industry"

Praise from external evaluators confirms the success of the programme, with several projects held up as potential networking industry game changers.


GÉANT Open Call results exceeded expectations in all areas:



  • More than 75% of the work will be carried forward and many participants will continue to work with GÉANT in the next phase of the project, GN4.
  • Over 90% of new GÉANT test bed users will continue to work with us in future


  • Open Call projects participated in 100+ events, raising GEANT’s profile internationally included presentations at Supercomputing, IETF and IEEE forums.
  • Over 40 Scientific papers have been published as a result of the programme

High Quality

  • External evaluations confirmed the high quality of innovative research work undertaken with 70% of projects scoring very highly (13 or more out of 15) and 4 projects receiving “top marks”.

Michael Enrico continued: "On behalf of everybody involved in the programme, I’d like to extend a big thank you to the 198 people who worked to meet 137 milestones and produce 37 deliverables.”

Launched in April 2013, as part of the GÉANT Innovation Programme, the €3.3 million EC funded Open Calls programme attracted 70 project proposals across 18 topic areas. A rigorous evaluation led to the selection of 21 of the most innovative projects, in a bid to pave the way to the next generation of research networking.