HEAnet Strategy

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“We want Ireland to realise its potential through technology in education.
We would like HEAnet to be the vehicle to achieve that.”

– Kerrie Power, HEAnet CEO

A fundamental review of our HEAnet strategic plan was initiated in early 2019.

Over the course of the year we engaged with stakeholders and international peers to inform the shape of our strategic direction for the period 2020 – 2022.

Our new strategic plan is approved by the HEAnet Board and is well progressed.

Five core areas of strategic focus have been identified for development over the period 2020-2022:

HEAnet Strategy


  • To provide reliable and secure connectivity
  • To keep pace with ever-increasing demand for bandwidth
  • To provide national and global reach, thereby removing distance between learners, academics and researchers
  • To secure sustainable funding to provide world-class infrastructure into the future
  • To keep Ireland connected to the world stage


  • To protect users and their data
  • To mitigate threats and to rapidly respond to incidents
  • To educate and increase awareness
  • To remain “always on” and “always trusted”


  • To verify users are whom they claim they are
  • To enable and enhance data privacy
  • To enable national and international resource sharing and access
  • To ease the burden of identity management


  • To save clients’ time and money
  • To negotiate superior deals and agreements
  • To leverage collective strengths and economies of scale
  • To leverage the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) frameworks
  • To leverage GÉANT frameworks and the European single market
  • To effect vendor oversight
  • To provide client support and assistance
  • To provide clients with a conduit to frameworks that is compliant with public procurement

Research Engagement

  • To support innovation and new research
  • To support national and global collaboration
  • To support Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
  • To connect research instruments
  • To support big data and disruptive innovation
  • To advance the solution of grand challenges