R & D project

National AAAI framework for researchers

A project in collaboration with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and research organisations to design a national authentication, authorisation and accounting e-infrastructure (AAAI) framework.


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9 years and 10 months


Expected outcome:

New service

The framework will be used by research organisations, improving collaboration between institutes and ensure a high-level of information security.

About the project

The project is taking place over four phases:

  1. Requirements gathering
  2. Evaluation
  3. Pilot implementation
  4. Full implementation

What we're working on now

We're now in the second phase of the project, the aim of which is to produce a business case and recommendation on how the framework can be achieved. We expect this to be completed by October 2020.

Insights so far

Our expectations are that the national AAAI framework will not be a single central technical implementation, but:

  • Composed of a trust framework that provides a set of behavioural standards and a set of technical standards
  • A solution that enables interoperability between multiple AAAI services
  • A central point of AAAI management that can interoperate with existing solutions currently available and be used by multiple projects and research communities

Pilot implementation (phase three)

During the next phase, we will develop and implement a pilot AAAI framework based on the recommendations from phase two. This will take between six to 18 months (depending on what emerges from the previous phase) and will start once approved by the UKRI.

Full implementation (final phase)

The end of the project will see us deliver a national AAAI framework. This will be based on the feedback from the pilot implementation and is expected this will take 6 to 12 months.

This phase will also confirm who will provide operational support for the framework for the first ten years.

Our project partners

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)