The proponents constitute a consortium made of 8 partners from several regions and countries:

4 are from European Member States:

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare

INFN will be the co-ordinator of the project, and will have relevant responsibilities in supporting applications and users, in the study for sustainability, in the synergistic activities with other projects and initiatives and finally it will manage the dissemination and outreach activities.  


Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas

CIEMAT will be involved in the five Work Packages of the Project, being the coordinator of WP3. Independently from the managerial issues, its activities will be mainly focused on the Latin American and Mediterranean regions.


Greek Research & Technology Network

GRNET will lead WP2, which will deal with producing a consolidated picture of the state of the art in the different regions, and producing a set of guidelines for interoperability and interoperation with different types of regions. Being the WP2 leader, GRNET will also strongly contributed to WP4, where the operational and organisational models and solutions will be put into practice. GRNET will contribute in WP5 in training and dissemination.


CESNET, Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych Osob

CESNET partner will be responsible for leadership and corresponding management of WP4 project work-package. Based on the CESNET experience obtained in EGI_DS project and other relevant activities the core of CESNET contribution will be devoted to definition and preparation of global model of sustainable worldwide e-infrastructure incorporating currently separated, regional activities with different levels of maturity.



Other 4 are from countries in the list of International Co-operation Partner Countries (ICPC):


The UBUNTUNET Alliance for Research and Education Networking

UbuntuNet will have a key role of enabler for the participation of several   African countries in the project, organising training and dissemination events and contributing to the deployment of pilot grid infrastructures in the countries participating to the consortium.


Cooperación Latino-Americana de Redes Avanzadas

As a coordinator of the activities of the LA NRENs it will play a key role in the integration of services throughout the LA Region and ensuring the participation of the different countries in the federated Grid infrastructure.


Institute of High Energy Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences

IHEP will also represent a group of third parties composed also by Beihang University (Beijing), CNIC-CAS (Beijing) and Peking University (Beijing). It will contribute to CHAIN injecting its specific experience and applying the project results at a national level. It will be mainly involved in WP3 and WP4 but will also put significant effort in WP2 and WP5.


Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

PSA will collaborate with several partners from various Universities in India and Europe for research and technology developments by connecting high-speed NKN communication network to European Network due to the leading and active role in NKN. The PSA's Office will be able to disseminate new technologies among the research community by conducting periodic holding training and workshops and conferences.

PSA   India


The Consortium has then a solid core made up by Member States or Associated countries but has also a significant number of non-EU countries which makes it well balanced and allows an almost total coverage of a very large geographical area. The partners have been chosen among those originally forming the core of a number of previous project aimed at extending the European Grid Infrastructures to other regions and those who are managing existing or emerging e-Infrastructures in the continents addressed by the CHAIN project. They are thus highly representative of such a large world-wide spectrum of e-Infrastructures.


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and EMI


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and INDICATE


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and LSGC


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and DECIDE


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and jModelTest initiative


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and EGI-InSPIRE


Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and  WeNMR / WRF4G projects

 21 September 2011,   View PDF 

Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and e-Science Talk

12 April 2011,   View PDF 

Memorandum of Understanding between CHAIN and EPIKH

On the 9th of December 2010,   EPIKH and CHAIN Project Coordinators have signed a MoU View