The Networks for European, American, and African Research (NEAAR) collaboration proposes a powerful, cross organizational plan to provide services and bandwidth connecting researchers in the US with their counterparts in Europe and Africa. This project will have an immediate impact on the research environment and also supports future application and technology advances.
Indiana University (IU) will jointly lead the NEAAR collaboration with GÉANT, the European research and education network (REN), in a cooperative partnership with the African regional RENs: the UbuntuNet Alliance, the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN), the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), as well as the South African National Research Network (SANReN) and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET). We will also coordinate domestically with Internet2 and the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). IU and its partners are eminently qualified to provide this service, and have a well-known history of successful networking partnerships in the NSF-funded ACE and TransPAC projects. Through its extensive regional partnerships, NEAAR has the potential to reach R&E communities in over 80 countries across three continents.