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Ongoing projects

Consortium Garr is active at national and international level and participates in different ways for projects and collaborations.

Below is a list of projects currently underway.

For a list of all the projects that have seen GARR involved click here.

GARR collaborates to the development of new standards and definitions with several international organizations, including IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) and ITU (International Telecommunication Union). To learn more, click here.

Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure (ICDI)

Start date: 01/1/2020
Funded by: CDI currently receives no external funding and is supported by member organisations on a voluntary basis
Coordinator: GARR

ICDI (Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure) is the national initiative for the Open Science Cloud, created by the main Italian research institutions and animated by GARR with the aim of promoting synergies at national level to strengthen the Italian participation in EOSC.

ICDI brings together experts from the main research infrastructures and digital infrastructures of national interest, including the national nodes of the large ESFRI infrastructures, with the aim of promoting the transition towards the Open Science paradigm and the diffusion of FAIR data management practices, finding solutions for their sharing and re-use and the creation of new data-driven knowledge.

Today ICDI takes the form of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Area Science Park, CINECA, CNR, Elettra Sincrotrone, ENEA, GARR, INAF, INFN, INGV, OGS, SISSA, Università di Bologna, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Università La Statale di Milano, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Università di Torino, Università di Trento, Fondazione CMCC, Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and open to the participation of new entities. The Ministry of Universities and Research (MUR) is following the initiative as an observer.

In representation of ICDI, GARR was one of the four founding members of the EOSC Association AISBL, the international association set up in July 2020 with the aim of catalysing the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). In this role of ICDI mouthpiece, GARR was appointed by MUR to represent our country as the Italian mandated organisation in the EOSC association.

ICDI's activities are organised in working groups that reflect the thematic areas of the European Working Groups created by the EOSC executive board, so as to assure through the participation of delegates to the European WGs the Italian contribution to the development of EOSC. In order to foster coordination at national level, ICDI has also launched several task forces dedicated to topics of interest to the Italian community:

  • The Federated Cloud Platform - IT (FCP-IT) Task Force, launched in June 2020, aims to develop a strategy and suitable technical solutions to achieve the creation of a federated cloud on a national scale, in order to be able to propose itself as a reference model also at European level.
  • The EOSC Competence Centre -IT (CC-IT) Task Force, approved in July 2020, has the objective of creating a national Competence Centre that will be a reference point in the European strategy and a platform for the federation and coordination of the competences available in the organisations, infrastructures and universities that will be part of it.
  • The Clinical Data Management Task Force, also launched in July 2020, with the aim of creating a platform to support the management of clinical data related to Covid-19, to facilitate the sharing of biomedical data

ICDI project web site

GÉANT (GN4-3)

Grant N°: 856726
From: 1/1/2019
To: 31/12/2022
Duration: 48 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GÉANT

Co-financed by the European Commission and national research networks (NREN), the GÉANT project, now in its seventh edition (GN4-3) in over 15 years of activity, is responsible for the management and evolution of the European research backbone GÉANT and a series of network services, digital identities and applications connected to it.
The project involves 36 NRENs in Europe and neighbouring countries, the NORDUnet regional network (which includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) and GÉANT, which is its coordinator; through them it addresses a pool of users estimated at around 50 million among researchers, students and teachers coming from various disciplinary areas.
The activities are divided into service, research and collaboration activities, which correspond to the main objectives of the project, namely:

  • Implement and operate the European research and education backbone;
  • Develop and offer a portfolio of common services, including connectivity, security, digital identity, cloud, collaborative and media tools;
  • Undertake joint research and technology transfer activities.

GN4-3 project web site

GÉANT (GN4-3N)

Grant N°: 856728
From: 01/1/2019
To: 31/12/2022
Duration: 48 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GÉANT

The GN4 Phase 3 Network (GN4-3N) is proposed to last 48 months to implement, as the call requests, a very ambitious restructuring of the backbone network operated by GÉANT in order to provide equal access to clouds and other e- infrastructure services in the European research area and beyond. This ambitious project aimes at increasing the footprint of the backbone network at the same time as improving its capacity, resilience and flexibility with the aim of offering 100Gbps network access to many more GÉANT partners and significantly diminish the digital divide.

GN4-3N project web site

Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE)

Grant N°: 824079
From: 1/1/2019
To: 12/31/2021
Duration: 36 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GÉANT

OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the EC which aims to facilitate the use of commercial digital services by research institutes. The consortium carrying out the project includes GÉANT (coordinator), CERN, RHEA and Trust-IT.
Cloud-based technologies provide the European research community with powerful tools, but purchasing cloud services can be a complex process for higher education and research institutions. The OCRE Cloud Framework aims to simplify procurement processes by bringing together cloud providers and the research and education community through ready-to-use service agreements and € 9.5 million in adoption funding provided by the European Commission.
Within OCRE, GARR acts as an intermediary (referrer), making the framework agreements available in Italy and facilitating the purchase of services by the institutions that are part of its community. The list of OCRE suppliers for Italy can be consulted on the project website and for more information and support you can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OCRE project web site

NEANIAS

Grant N°: 863448
From: 1/11/2019
To: 31/10/2022
Duration: 36 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: University of Athens

"Novel EOSC Services For Emerging Atmosphere, Underwater And Space Challenges- NEANIAS" aims at creating some of the key components of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), thanks to innovative and sustainable services that meet the specific requirements of the underwater, atmospheric and space research communities.

NEANIAS project web site

EOSC Pillar

Grant N°: 857650
From: 1/7/2019
To: 30/6/2022
Duration: 36 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GARR

EOSC-Pillar gathers representatives of the fast-growing national initiatives for coordinating data infrastructures and services in Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Belgium to establish an agile and efficient federation model for open science services covering the full spectrum of European research communities.
The project aims to implement some of the main pieces of the EOSC jigsaw within a science-driven approach which is efficient, scalable and sustainable and that can be rolled out in other countries Through the coordination of national initiatives, EOSC-Pillar will be able to support the gradual alignment of policy and practice among countries and compliance to EOSC standards.

EOSC Pillar project web site

SWING Project – Synergic Work Incoming New Goals for Higher Education Music Institutions

Grant N°: 2018-1-IT02-KA203-048546
From: 1/9/2018
To: 31/12/2021
Duration: 40 months
Funded by: Erasmus+ Programme Key Action 2:Strategic Partnerships
Coordinator: GARR

Funded within the Erasmus+ programme, SWING is creating a novel curriculum for music teachers, to enable them to work with the most advanced ICT technologies and their usage to enrich musical learning paths. Its founding idea is that by using user-friendly tools like LoLa we wil create blended models for music teaching, thus enriching the students' curricula with new opportunities and facilitate exchanges between different European organisations through virtual presence, in addition to physical mobility.

SWING project web site

EaPConnect

Grant N°: 2015-356353
From: 1/7/2015
To: 30/6/2025
Duration: 120 months
Funded by: EU4Digital initiative
Coordinator: GÉANT

Launched in July 2015, the Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project aims to:

  • establish and operate a high-capacity broadband internet network for research and education (R&E) across six EaP partner countries in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine;
  • integrate the national research and education networks (NRENs) in the region into the pan-European GÉANT network; decrease the digital divide;
  • facilitate participation of local scientists, students and academics in global R&E collaborations;
  • deploy eduroam and stimulate integration towards GÉANT services.

By interconnecting the R&E communities across the region and with their European counterparts, EaPConnect will create a gateway for talented individuals in the EaP countries to be truly global players.

EaPConnect project web site

BELLA - Building Europe Link with Latin America

Bella – S1
Grant N°: 731505
From: 01/5/2016
To: 31/12/2021
Duration: 68 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GÉANT
Bella – T
Grant N°: LA/2016/376-534
From: 17/08/16
To: 31/12/2021
Durata: 64,5 months
Funded by: EUROPEAID
Coordinator: RedCLARA

The BELLA (Building European Link to Latin America) programme was officially launched in may 2016 with the objective of directly interconnecting Latin American and European Research networks through a new transatlantic fiber cable. An additional objective is to futher develop the Latin American R&E backbone (RedCLARA) thus ensuringthe full use of the new link. The new infrastructure will allow to facilitate the participation of Latin American researchers to global scientific projects and make unique Research Infrastructures, such as the Astronomical and Cosmic Ray Observatories located in the Atacama desert, in Chile, more accessible to the global research community. The project is expected to have a high impact not only on communication and collaboration among the scientific communities, but also on telecommunications, as the new cable, which is also open for commercial uses, will allow to emancipate the communication between the two continents from having to pass through the US, a forced path for 85-90% of communications between Europe and Latin America before the cable was inaugurated.
GARR acts ast the coordinator of European NRENs, while RedCLARA is responsible for Latin America. BELLA is co-funded by 3 Directorates General of the European Commission (DG–DEVCO, DG-CONNECT and DG-GROWTH) and by Latin American States.
The programme is articulated into two projects: BELLA-S, aimed at the implementation of the submarine intercontinental cable infrastructure, and BELLA-T, aiming at further developuing the Latin American regional backbone.

BELLA S1 project web site

BELLA T project web site

EUMEDCONNECT3

Grant N°: ENPI/2011/272-421
From: 1/9/2011
To: 31/12/2019
Duration: 64 + 36 months
Funded by: ENPI SOUTH
Coordinator: GÉANT

An ongoing initiative since more than 15 years and in its third generation, EUMEDCONNECT aims to build high-capacity links between the pan-European network GÉANT and the Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in North Africa and the Middle East, thus interconnecting them to the global system of Research and Education Networks. Another action od the project is to deliver high-level training and share expertise and best practices both at the technical and management level with the local NREN managers, promote their growth and evolution and favouring the creation of NRENs in those countries where they are not yet available. EUMEDCONNECT's overarching objective is to bring the R&E network communities in Mediterranean Africa and the Middle East nearer to their European peers and allow them to actively participate to global major scientific collaborations.
Despite the difficulties connected to the Region's political instability, the project was instrumental to the incorporation of ASREN (Arab States Research and Education Network), an organisation that brings toghether the NRENs in the region, to carry out joint service, R&D abd training activities and aims to create a regional backbone in the area, interconnected to GÉANT.
EUMEDCONNECT3 was extended and received additional funding from EC's DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

EUMEDCONNECT3 project web site

Clonets DS

From: 1/10/2020
To: 30/9/2022
Duration: 24 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: GÉANT

Clonets DS aims to establish a pan-European time and frequency reference system as a European Research Infrastructure to serve the European science community, based on transmitting ultra precise time and frequency information via optical fiber. The project builds on several joint European projects and its direct precursor project CLONETS. It will go far beyond previous efforts by designing a sustainable, pan-European, ultra-precise time-and-frequency reference-system available to the European research community. The project will collect user requirements, design the required architecture, engineering models and roadmaps, and develop a sustainability model for the future service.
GARR partecipa al progetto come terza parte dell'INRIM - Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia

Clonets DS project web site

Grant N°: 847926

MindBot

From: 1/1/2020
To: 31/12/2022
Duration: 36 months
Funded by: H2020
Coordinator: IRCCS – Associazione La Nostra Famiglia ‘Istituto Scientifico Eugenio Medea’

MindBot aims at identifying methods and implementing solutions for promoting good mental health in the emerging industry 4.0 within the specific context of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that adopt collaborative robots (cobots) in their production lines. Cobots are robots intended to interact directly and safely with humans in a shared workplace. Cobots enable automation within manufacturing in such a way that human workers aren’t replaced; rather, they continue to play an important role in the production operations, being supported by the cobot. MindBot’s aims at supporting the worker’s motivation and engagement within the cobot-worker interaction in a flexible and personalized way, in order to facilitate active and positive job experiences, thereby preventing negative experiences of anxiety or boredom and apathy.
GARR participates in the project as a third party of IRCCS Medea.

MindBot project web site