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Over the course of 2019, we engaged with stakeholders and international peers to inform the shape of our strategic direction for the period 2020 – 2022.

Our latest strategic plan for 2020-2022 was approved by the HEAnet Board in 2020.

Five core areas of strategic focus have been identified for development over this period:

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