Call for proposals 2021 - Network connectivity in Research and Education - Enabling collaboration without boundaries (2021) HORIZON-INFRA-2021-NET-01-FPA Closed!


Building on the successful former partnership in this field and the achievements delivered under the Horizon 2020 framework programme, and considering the need for continuing the provision of critical services for the scientific and research community without disruption, the Commission calls for a new partnership with the National Research and Education Networks that would cover the whole duration of Horizon Europe, with the following general objectives:
Provide faster, resilient, agile and secure connectivity services for enabling scientists, researchers and students to access near real-time applications that support development of solutions and evidence-based decision-making for society and a worldwide effective collaboration of virtual research communities. The aim is to provide connectivity in the European Research Area (ERA) in multiples of 100 Gbps, paving the way for Terabit connectivity in certain areas where higher bandwidth is required for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research collaboration amongst the researchers and scientists across Europe and beyond. Both the cross-European educational dimension and providing ERA scientists and researchers with optimal and secure access to research infrastructures (RI) and data resources worldwide are within the scope of the FPA.​


The scope of the partnership activities should be to deliver an action plan on basis of jointly agreed objectives, covering the next 7 years of work. The action plan should cover the following areas of activity:

  1. High quality connectivity and collaboration services for excellence in Research and Education
  2. State-of-the-art connectivity for the wider European Digital Infrastructure
  3. International connectivity and collaboration

This call covers the following topics:

  • HORIZON-INFRA-2021-NET-01-01-FPA: Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) for Research and Education Networks (HORIZON-FPA - HORIZON Framework Partnerships)

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 02 September 2021 - more than one month ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Program (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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