Ireland’s National Open Research Forum (NORF) was established in 2017 to drive the national agenda for Open Research. NORF provides a space for communication, consultation and cooperation among key stakeholders in the research system regarding strategic issues and overarching policies and procedures on Open Research. NORF developed Ireland’s National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment (2019) and National Action Plan for Open Research (2022). Since 2022, NORF has administered an Open Research Fund to support the implementation of the National Action Plan. 

Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research

Ireland’s National Action Plan for Open Research outlines objectives and actions for the next chapter in Ireland’s transition towards open research. It serves as a roadmap for the implementation of open research across Ireland, outlining national goals and coordinated actions that will assist the Irish research system as a whole to better support open research practices. 

The National Action Plan is structured according to three themes: Establishing a culture of open research; achieving 100% open access to research publications; and enabling FAIR research data and other outputs.

The National Action Plan has been endorsed by over 50 national and international stakeholder organisations. 

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The National Open Research Forum is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, through the Higher Education Authority