Related initiatives

Along with managing the development and expansion of eduGAIN around the world​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).

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

Authentication and authorisation for research and education


AARC aims to develop and pilot an integrated cross-discipline authentication and authorisation framework enabling different e-infrastructures and research collaborations operate inter-operable AAIs. Development of an interoperable authentication and authorisation framework (AARC).

GÉANT leads AARC, an EC funded project, with 20 partners from NRENs, e-Infrastructures, service providers and libraries.

To learn more, visit the AARC​ website.

REFEDS – The 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.