On Monday 19 April 2021, the kick off meeting of the PITHIA-NRF project was organized as an on-line meeting, with the participation of more than 60 project members from the 24 beneficiary organizations. The European Commission project officer attended the meeting to support the consortium on issues regarding the project impact, management and reporting. The detailed implementation plans on the integration standards and tools, on the innovation, training, exploitation, dissemination, communication and access, were presented and discussed. The next plenary technical meetings will be held on 16 and 17 May 2021, while an open event is planned for the 26th May 2021.