The Internet provides an environment in which new ideas, technologies and projects emerge and develop very fast. From time to time the need arises for work to be carried out in a short timeframe (months rather than years), that is of great value to European research and education networking, but that cannot be done on the basis of volunteer effort while, for example, regular project financing mechanisms are too slow or bureaucratic to offer a solution.

This can, for example, be the production of a software package, a survey report or a study report. In such circumstances the Vietsch Foundation can intervene by providing funding at short notice. In addition to the Foundation, other organisations may also provide funding for the same piece of work.

Individual experts or organisations are eleigible for funding, with the only limitation that the organisation Karel used to work with, TERENA or it successors and affiliated organisations, cannot receive money from the Foundation. However, co-funding can be provided for projects that receive TERENA’s funding as well.


If a proposal with the necessary information has been received by the Foundation, advice is asked of independent experts in the field concerned. Based on the advice and on good commonsense, the board of the Foundation decides about the request for funding of projects. The time necessary for the procedure depends on the project. If necessary, decisions can be taken quickly, i.e. within a month after a proposal with all necessary information has been received.

Proposals should be sent by email to:

The decision of the board is final. Discussions about the decisions of the board is not possible.

eligibility-criteria for project funding

Development of a Proposal for a Trusted Student Identification Framework
Development of a Proposal for a Trusted Student Identification FrameworkFunded in 2019 – The Vietsch Foundation funds a study by the European Campus Card Association (ECCA) that will encompass requirements for cross-border trusted student eID credentials, and providRead More
Diamond Key Security Microsoft CryptoAPI Integration
Diamond Key Security Microsoft CryptoAPI IntegrationFunded in 2019 – The project aimed to create and develop the software application programming interface (API) and perform the necessary integration and validation steps for the DKS hardware secuRead More
New project in the Research and Higher Education Technology Fund
New project in the Research and Higher Education Technology FundThe Vietsch Foundation has decided to fund a new project under the NLnet Research and Higher Education Technology Fund : TRACKING EXPOSED Algorithms are the technological solution to the information oRead More
Democratic Sendcomm
Democratic SendcommFunded in 2018 – The project aims to build a user-friendly connected telemetry appliance with just enough configuration to teach democratic communication while keeping the learning curve flat. TRead More
Explain Direct
Explain DirectFunded in 2018 –¬†¬†Open source technical solutions for analyzing, recommending, and querying open educational materials within the context of higher education. This collaborative project betweeRead More
The Referoo project to Improve the Efficiency of Scientific Peer-Reviewing
The Referoo project to Improve the Efficiency of Scientific Peer-ReviewingFunded in 2018 – The Referoo project aims to create a set of tools to address some of the most critical inefficiencies of the traditional peer-reviewing process of scientific publications. In paRead More
EduVPN Programme
EduVPN ProgrammeFunded in 2017 – eduVPN is an initiative to make VPN technology commonly available, by building better and more user-friendly tools. We live in a society that wants to be online whenever possiblRead More
Searsia Project
Searsia ProjectFunded in 2017 – Searsia is an open source engine and a protocol, created by academic researchers. The Searsia software is open source and available from the Searsia project website. Searsia proRead More
FedLab Test Harness
FedLab Test HarnessFunded in 2016 – Federated Identity Management (FIM) is being used increasingly for different Internet applications, including web and mobile. The demand for cross-organizational collaboration aRead More