AARC is a two-year EC-funded project to develop and pilot an integrated cross-discipline authentication and authorisation framework, building on existing authentication and authorisation infrastructures (AAIs) and production federated infrastructure. AARC also champions federated access and offers tailored training to complement the actions needed to test AARC results and to promote AARC outcomes.

The Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration (AARC) project was launched in May 2015 to address the increased need for federated access and for authentication and authorisation mechanisms faced by research and e-infrastructures.

AARC’s work is driven by the requirements of its partner communities: e-infrastructures, research infrastructures, national identity federations and libraries.  The project is an opportunity for these communities to work together as equals and find mutual understanding and a satisfactory way forward.

By design, AARC tries to reuse exting production AAIs and solutions whenever possible; development is limited to build the missing components to glue the various elements together.

For sustainability purposes, AARC foresees that existing e-infrastructures and research infrastructures will deploy AARC’s results in their production services.

AARC is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 653965.