National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030

By Amber Flynn

Posted: 31 March, 2023

In 2022, Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) established an Open Research Fund to drive the implementation of Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research 2022-2030 and accelerate the uptake of open research practices in Ireland.  

Funding for the NORF Open Research Fund 2023 is provided through the Higher Education Authority to support the continued work of NORF and to advance Ireland’s transition to open research. The funds are being administered by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), which is headquartered under the legal entity of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA). 

This year, €1.7 million is available via open funding calls and an estimated 12-15 projects will be awarded funding. 

NORF’s Open Research Fund 2023 is divided into two strands. Strand I, Priority Actions 2023, targets a set of five actions identified in the National Action Plan as follows: 

  1. Incentivising Open Research Practices in Ireland 
  2. Public Engagement and Open Research 
  3. Mapping National Open Research Infrastructure 
  4. National Research Data Management Framework 
  5. Institutional Open Access Policies and Rights Retention 

These actions seek to advance key areas of open research at the national level and proposals will need to demonstrate benefit to all stakeholders across the Irish research system.  

Strand II, Open Research Stimulus 2023, seeks to stimulate and advance the uptake of open research by recognising and rewarding researchers from all disciplines who want to play a leading role in advancing open research in Ireland. This is an open call for projects that align with and address one of the three themes of the National Action Plan for Open Research: 

  • Establishing a culture of open research 
  • Achieving 100% open access to research publications 
  • Enabling FAIR research data and other outputs 

Projects will need to be targeted at and benefit a specific community or group of communities (e.g. disciplines, institutions, career stages). 

Further details about the application process for both Strands, including key dates and application forms, are available here. 

For queries related to NORF’s Open Research Fund, please contact  

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