The National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030 was launched 21 November by the National Open Research Forum (NORF). In tandem with the six projects funded by the 2022 National Open Research Fund, the Action Plan outlines objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research.
HEAnet is honoured to be awarded Action N.6 – Shared Data Storage Pilot for the National Action Plan and have been awarded €183,000 for the pilot project we are leading with University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), South East Technological University (SETU), the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) and EUDAT, a European common data infrastructure, as partners.
Minister Simon Harris welcomed the launch of the Open Research Action Plan. Speaking on November 21, Minister Harris said:
“Open research is essential for us all to learn from each other. It improves access and transparency”. 
“It provides benefits for researchers, research communities, research institutions, governments, industry, and society more generally”. 
The National Action Plan was prepared by NORF and supports national strategic priorities for research and innovation under Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy.
The National Action Plan builds on several national policies and international recommendations and serves as a roadmap for implementing Open Research across Ireland. Implementation will be overseen by NORF and delivered under Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy with the support of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).
The impact of Action N. 6 would allow the sharing of active research data both nationally and internationally, thus improving the quality and impact of research outputs. The project will deliver a specification for a national production quality service, with a sustainable business model, accessible by all researchers in Ireland.
HEAnet’s Research Engagement Officer, Roberto Sabatino front lined the application process, spoke on behalf of HEAnet at the launch of the National Action Plan on November 21, outlining the plans for Action N. 6:
“IRLDAT is a collaboration bringing together institutions as services providers and researchers with a good representative of the Irish research landscape in terms of disciplines and institutes.”
HEAnet would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the team that contributed to being awarded Action N.6 – Shared Data Storage Pilot for the National Action Plan, which will support the further strengthening of Ireland’s commitment to Open Research and Innovation.