European Commission approves EUR 25 million for the next phase of the GÉANT project

geant-logo2Cambridge, 18 Nov 2015. On Monday, 16 November, the European Commission confirmed a grant agreement for EUR 25 million in grants intended for the newest phase of the GÉANT project, named GN4-1, which will be completed next April. GÉANT is currently the most powerful infrastructure in the world. It also includes the domestic national e-infrastructure of CESNET. GÉANT is connecting our continent with the rest of the world, supports global research and will assist with further development of Europe.

“The signing of this Agreement will enable us to further boost our European network for science, research and innovation,” says Augusto Burgueño Arjona, Director of the e-infrastructure department at the European Commission Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology.

Like the National Research and Education Network (NREN), GÉANT also serves the European Community focused on research and development. These include the workplace at CERN, the European Southern Observatory, EUMETSAT and the European Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Thanks to the super fast network and integrated set of services, such as securing, verification of data, permissions and identity, GÉANT offers trust and reliability, which are essential for cooperation on extensive research, data-demanding scientific projects, digital clusters and clouds (including the European Open Science cloud), etc.

The Executive Director of the GÉANT project, Steve Cotter, adds: “Via GN4-1, GÉANT and national networks will also be able to speed up research, support innovation and enhance education in the future. By delivering essential services, GÉANT is in a position to make a significant contribution to the Digital Single Market and to the future prosperity of Europe.”

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network building project and grid projects (, and participates actively in their implementation.

GÉANT is a leasing European project focused on networks and related infrastructure and services intended for research and education, which contributes to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. It develops, supplies and promotes modern networks and related services and supports innovation and sharing of knowledge among members, partners and the wider research and education network community. GÉANT has 41 member countries, is owned by the core of its members from NREN and also has affiliated members, who include commercial organisations and multi-national research infrastructure and projects. Visit for details.

Last change: 23.11.2015