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The 2024 GÉANT Innovation Programme: Call for Proposals now open!

The GÉANT Innovation Programme is aimed at driving and funding grassroots innovation across a wide range of topics within the GÉANT community, with lightweight administration.

First launched in February 2021, the programme has funded thirty projects in the areas of multimedia, networks, trust & identity, education, cloud, security, privacy and eHealth.

Could your project be next? The 2024 Call for Proposals is now open!

So, what is the Innovation Programme?

As part of the GÉANT Community Programme (GCP), the GÉANT Association reserves €300k to support specific research projects to be carried out by the GÉANT Community. The Call for Proposals is for research projects to each receive funding of up to €50k, for a maximum duration of six months.

Watch our playlist below presented by Claudio Allocchio, Senior Manager and Adviser at GARR and Chair of the GÉANT Community Committee (GCC), about the benefits of the GÉANT Innovation Programme, expected topics and tips for innovators.

This year’s successful applicants included entries from Serbia, UK, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Italy, covering a range of topics including e-Health, networking, cloud services, security, blockchain, and Trust and Identity.

Am I eligible to apply?

GÉANT Member NRENs and/ or legal entities from one of its ‘connected institutions’, including universities, research or education institutes or institutions connected to an NREN, are welcome and eligible for funding under this programme. Joint applications of a small consortia led by an NREN or eligible entity are also welcome to apply.

GÉANT values equal opportunity, being fair and inclusive, and supporting a community where everyone feels welcome. We are therefore committed to increasing the number of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in the networking sector. We strongly encourage women and individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for the Innovation Programme.

Can my proposal cover any topic I wish?

Unfortunately not. However we have listed a wide range of research topics which you can take a look at on the Innovation Programme website.

OK, great! Can I apply now?

Absolutely! Firstly, make sure you read all of the information provided to ensure your proposal has more chance of success. After this, you can also find the application form on this page, and instructions on how to upload it.

Important deadlines and links

  • Submit your proposal by 14 February 2024
  • For the application form, submission guidance, and a detailed timeline, visit the Innovation Programme website
  • Take a look at the previous projects who were successfully awarded funding here.

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