Research and innovation

Accelerating the journey to open research and making the possibilities of Research 4.0 a reality.

Powering research with essential infrastructure

As the UK’s national research and education network, we are uniquely placed to champion advancements in digital and data that can accelerate the impact of your work. We provide services to maintain a resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and collaborative research sector, all underpinned by the Janet Network. Read our research and innovation strategy to find out about our ambitions for the UK’s research estate and commitment to a new national data infrastructure for research. 


Connect with others in the digital research community

Our community is a space for researchers, research leaders, managers and other professionals who support the delivery of research. Together we explore how technology and innovation can improve current practices.

Join the digital research community.


Hear from your peers

In our research talk podcast series, guests from across the research community share their views on new and evolving technologies impacting research and innovation.

Join the conversation by listening to our research talk podcast.

Look ahead to the future of research

How will artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies affect the UK’s research sector in the years ahead?

Discover the world of Research 4.0.

Services to support your research

Underpinning your research

The Janet Network is the backbone of collaboration, connecting researchers in the UK with hundreds of key research and education network facilities across the world.

As well as vast capacity and scalability, Janet’s built-in, world-class cyber security keeps your data secure.

For easy and secure access to resources whenever and wherever you need them, OpenAthens gives you a simple single sign-on solution. When you need easy access to cloud services, the Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) framework provides simple, compliant solutions that get you up and running quickly and cost-effectively.

Tools to future-proof your outputs and assets

Research repositories offer simpler, more cost-effective ways to manage, store and share your digital research outputs. 

Choose our research repository for a Plan S-compliant solution, and preservation to keep your digital assets usable in the long-term. Alternatively, combine the two with research repository plus to preserve, store, share, and manage outputs all in one place.

As the research community’s progress towards Research 4.0 continues at pace, make informed decisions about publication and compliance at your institution with Sherpa services. And take advantage of the world’s largest collection of open access full text with CORE

Infrastructure for accessing research

Access to research is one of the key drivers of the research estate.

Services such as library hub discover provides a national-scale view of academic library collections to help discovery while Archives Hub, Historical Texts, Journal Archives, and other archival collections put thousands of resources at your fingertips.

Spotlight on members

Member story

Secure research for international collaboration

How the Francis Crick Institute enables its researchers to analyse large amounts of sensitive data across borders.

Member story

Powering discoveries that benefit humankind

A collaboration powered by the Janet Network, is helping researchers access genetic and health data to gain new insights into health and disease.

Member story

Supporting open science with infrastructure

When Nathan Cunningham was working at the Polar Data Centre, he realised that access to this rich data was limited.

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How preservation is helping St George’s Medical School manage their reputation

Kirsten Hylan, records manager, shares how when it comes to records, preservation helps manage risk in case something goes wrong.

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Promoting open research practices at Cardiff University

Kellie Snow, research data manager, on why it’s important to share research data and how this can speed up developments like vaccines and new treatments.