1.1. Overview

TF-RED: Task Force on Research Engagement Development

TF-RED will formalize an existing collaboration of NRENs (and other research infrastructures) working together to develop methods for engaging researchers and collaborations nationally and internationally, through a set of reports, workshops, and best practices. The scope of the task force focuses on collaboration between the participating NRENs/research infrastructures, who then work within their own countries to engage their research support offices and collaborations. The TF aims to develop a framework for research engagement amongst the participating NREN community, and other research infrastructures. The results of the task force will yield documentation for other NRENs/research infrastructures to develop their own form of research engagement, which will benefit the various research domains across Europe (and beyond), and communicate and strengthen collaboration between/with other e-infrastructures/research infrastructures.

1.2. Aims

  • The task force aims to develop a framework for research engagement through a set of reports, workshops, and best practices to help participating NRENs support their research communities. This will result in: 
    1. Increasing our understanding of research workflows (beyond the “usual suspects” such as high-energy physics); 
    2. Gathering and sharing information, which can be used to improve network/research architecture and design; 
    3. Understanding what is important to researchers so that NRENs (and other infrastructures) can be more responsive to their needs; 
    4. Building a body of knowledge about research applications (for instance, as correlated to network utilisation), which can be cited in interactions with larger community and policy efforts.
  • The task force is open to anyone to participate and we will seek collaboration with other infrastructures (such as Elixir, CLARIN, EPOS, ELI, ESS, EUDAT, EGI, PRACE etc.), but also other projects (European Open Science Cloud) with respect to research engagement efforts as a framework is developed within the NREN community.
  • By-products of TF-RED will include:

    •  Supporting research collaborations that want to collaborate internationally;

    •  Establishing a continuous and permanent information flow between RENs and Science and Research communities;

    •  Coordinating reliable, predictable network behaviour in support of end-user (research) applications;

    •  Improving performance of network-centric and data-centric workflows.

1.3. The proposed achievements and KPIs for the task force are summarised in the table below

Activity Classification

Work Items and Descriptions

Results or Deliverables


StrategyDefine a strategy document for the Task forceValues, Vision and strategy document:


BrandingCreate a logo and branding guidelines for task forcelogo and branding guide can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13BA9SMEvqtwuc7cx9IxGwD0zeXWBykW0


Data GatheringPerform a survey to understand how NRENs and others are structured and perform research engagement.

Survey results and understanding of Research Engagement landscape.  Report is to be run once every two years.

EU4Digital: Connecting Research and Education Communities (EaPConnect)TF-RED NREN Research Engagement Survey 2020: EaP Region - https://geant.box.com/s/dvshet11dxgrx9973nlb1qtuuvfj4gcd


Audience Definition and Scoping Phase

(Activity Leader: Sylvia)

Define audiences for NREN/ICT/local research support offices perspective.

Internal documentation and scoping for TF collaborators and NREN community.

Not- started

Define research areas or communities (i.e., life sciences, climate, humanities, etc.) for TF collaborators. Extract from these defined areas research champions/advocates.

Create research advisory council for the TF from participating NREN countries.

Not- started

Communicate TF-RED initiatives to influential funders and/or research officials.


Training Programme

Create a training course for research engagement in collaboration with GLAD. 

Course (online or in person) which can be taken by TF-RED participants to improve their research engagement skills

Not- started

RED Blue-print documentCreate a blue print document covering the why, how and the what of research engagement.

A document endorsed by the majority of the community.



Create contact list of other infrastructures with brief description and collaboration opportunities

List of contacts


Landscape AnalysisCreate a landscape analysis document about how and where and by whom research data is generated, moved from and too, for large international research projects.

A document for use within the community.

Not- started

Analysis and Reporting Phase

(Activity Leader: Chris Atherton, Sylvia as back-up)

Work with SIG Marcomms to define mechanisms to publish the outcomes from TF-RED.

Public website presence.


(Wiki serving as public face)

Community presentations to research domain peers and NREN community presentations to share outcomes.

Workshop(s) and planned conference sessions (at DI4R, ISC, SC, ICT Open) with e-infrastructure collaborators on materials and issues ultimately increasing the value and face of R&E to other infrastructure resources.


1.4. Facts

This is the first year of operation for TF-RED, which was established on 24th February 2017.

TF-RED is lead by:

  • Sylvia Kuijpers (SURF) - Chair
  • Meoli Kashorda (KENET)
  • Olga Popcova (RENAM)
  • Chris Atherton (GÉANT) - Chair
  • Juraj Bilic (CARNET
  • Dragana Janeš (CARNET) -  coordinator

1.5. Next Event

Autumn 2022

1.6. Mailing List

The group's mailing list can be subscribed to here.

1.7. Documents

1.8. Previous Events

Hybid Summer All Hands TNC22, 13th June 22

Autumn 2021 VC: TF-RED All Hands Autumn 2021

SIG-Marcomms online meeting, including TF-RED joint session, 29-30 March 2021

Autumn 2020 VC: Autumn 2020 VC: Wednesday 28th October 2020

Summer 2020 VC: Thursday 11th June 2020 - TF-RED all hands VC

Spring 2020 VC: TF-RED All hands VC Mar 2020

Session at TNC18: User Requirements Odyssey

Meeting at TNC18: Research Engagement Challenges and Solutions

All hands VC July 5th, notes of the meeting

SIG-Marcomms and SIG-MSP joint meeting, Poznan 2017

Internet2 Global Summit, Washington DC 2017: 

Meeting: http://meetings.internet2.edu/2017-global-summit/detail/10004609/

Session: http://meetings.internet2.edu/2017-global-summit/detail/10004527/

TNC 17, Linz 2017:

Meeting: https://tnc17.geant.org/core/event/8

Session: https://tnc17.geant.org/core/session/19

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