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The first wave of projects under the European FIRE “Future Internet Research and Experimentation” Initiative has started in summer 2008. A new Call for proposals is planned to be opened before summer 2009. FIRE addresses the emerging expectations which are being put upon the Internet, by providing a research environment for investigating and experimentally validating highly innovative and revolutionary ideas. FIRE has two interrelated dimensions: (1) FIRE Facility: Building the FIRE experimental facility to support research for the Future Internet, at different stages of the R&D cycle, based on the design principle of “open coordinated federation of testbeds”. (2) FIRE experimentally-driven research: Visionary multidisciplinary research, defining the challenges for and taking advantage of the FIRE Experimental Facility, consisting of iterative cycles of research, design and large-scale experimentation of new and innovative network and service architectures and paradigms for the Future Internet from an overall system perspective. It is planned to give an overview of the FIRE activities, the strategy behind, and the future vision and plans.