Establishing a National Research Data Infrastructure – NFDI

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What Is the NFDI?

The aim of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) is to systematically manage scientific and research data, provide long-term data storage, backup and accessibility, and integrate the data both nationally and internationally. The NFDI will bring multiple stakeholders together in a coordinated network of consortia tasked with providing science-driven data services to research communities.

DFG – German Research Foundation

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Founding of the NFDI

In 2016, the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures proposed to establish a national research data infrastructure.

In November 2018, the German federal and state governments decided to set up this infrastructure.

Between 2019 and 2028, up to 90 million euros will be provided for the initiative each year. Most of the funding is earmarked for up to 30 consortia in three separate calls at various points. The consortia are alliances of universities, non-university and government-funded research institutions, academies, and other publicly funded information infrastructure organizations or corresponding stakeholders.

In May 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology announced the Joint Science Conference’s decision to locate the NFDI directorate in Karlsruhe. Professor York Sure-Vetter has been director of the NFDI since March 2020.

Corsortia Selected to Receive Funding

On June 26, 2020, the GWK decided which of the consortia for the first round of calls would receive funding, resulting in nine NFDI consortia from five scientific fields being selected. These consortia are featured in a special volume of the journal Bausteine FDM.

Since July 2, 2021, following the second round of calls, further NFDI consortia will receive funding.

Consortia RWTH Affiliation

GHGA – The German Human Genome-Phenome Archive Medicine, 2020

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NFDI4Health – Consortium for Research Data on Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage
Medicine, 2020
None

DataPLANT – Fundamental Plant Research
Life Sciences, 2020

None

NFDI4BioDiversität – Biodiversity, Ecology, and Environmental Data
Life Sciences, 2020

None

NFDI4Earth – Consortium for Earth Sciences
Life Sciences, 2021

Participant:

NFDIMicrobiota – Consortium for Microbiology
Life Sciences, 2021

Co-Applicant:

BERD@NFDI – Consortium for Business, Economic, and Related Data
Humanities and Social Sciences, 2021

None

KonsortSWD – Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational, and Economic Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences, 2021

None
NFDI4Culture – Consortium for Research Data on Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage
Humanities and Social Sciences, 2020
None

Text+ - Consortium for Text- and Language-Based Data
Humanities and Social Sciences, 2021

None

MaRDI – Consortium for Mathematics
Engineering and Mathematics, 2021

Participant:

  • Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V. GOR e.V.

NFDI4Ing – National Research Data Infrastructure for Engineering Sciences
Engineering and Mathematics, 2020

Applicant:

Co-Applicant:

Participants:

NFDI4MatWerk – Consortium for Materials Sciences and Materials Engineering
Engineering and Mathematics, 2021

Co-Applicants:

  • Data Science and Computer Science in the Material Science
  • IT Center
  • Materials for Power Engineering

Participants:

  • Division of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering (MatSE) Profile Area

DAPHNE4NFDI – Consortium for Photon and Neutron Experiments
Chemistry and Physics, 2021

Co-Applicant:

Participant:

FAIRmat – Consortium for Condensed Matter Physics and Chemical Physics of Solids
Chemistry and Physics, 2021

Participants:

NFDI4Cat – NFDI for Catalysis-Related Sciences Chemistry and Physics, 2020

Co-Applicant:

NFDI4Chem – Chemistry Consortium in the NFDI Chemistry and Physics, 2020

Co-Applicant:

Participant:

PUNCH4NFDI – Consortium for Particle, Astroparticle, Hadron, and Nuclear Physics
Chemistry and Physics, 2021

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In their funding decision, the GWK followed the recommendations of the NFDI expert panel, following an intensive review and evaluation process by the GWK.

Some of the NFDI consortia have made their proposals available to the public. You can see these proposals at the NFDI Zenodo Community Collection.

The Application Process

The calls for proposals are managed by the DFG. In total, there will be three rounds of calls to select the consortia to receive funding, held in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Statistical information on applications received is already available for the 2019 and 2020 rounds.

The third round of calls was opened on May 12, 2021. The third NFDI Conference took place on July 8, 2021.

A binding letter of intent to submit an application was still possible until August 6, 2021. The deadline for submission is November 2, 2021.

For further information, please visit the DFG website.

Consortia Initiatives

An overview of all consortia planned so far and the respective letters of intent can be found in the overview of the consortia that have submitted proposals: Antragstellende Konsortien.

Any Questions?

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