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

 

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.

In May 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology announced the Joint Science Conference’s decision to locate the NFDI directorate in Karlsruhe.

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. On July 2, 2021, the NFDI consortia to receive funding from the second call were announced.

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.

Consortia RWTH Affiliation

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

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

 DataPLANT – Fundamental Plant Research, Division of Life Sciences, 2020

None

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

None

NFDI4Earth – Consortium for Earth Sciences, Division of Life Sciences, 2021

Participant:

NFDIMicrobiota – Consortium for Microbiology, Division of Life Sciences, 2021

Co-Applicant:

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

None

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

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

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

None

MaRDI – Consortium for Mathematics, Division of Engineering and Mathematics, 2021

Participant:

NFDI4DataScience – Consortium for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Division of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, 2021

Co-Applicant:

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

Applicant:

Co-Applicant:

Participants:

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

Co-Applicants:

Participants:

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

Co-Applicant:

Participant:

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

Participants:

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

Co-Applicant:

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

Co-Applicant:

Participant:

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

Participant:

 

Consortial Initiatives in the Third Round of Calls

An overview of the consortia vying for funding in the third call can be found in the following PDF file available for download: Consortia applying in 2021.

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 (de) on proposals 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.

The deadline for submission is November 2, 2021. By mid-December, the selection process, including interviews with the proposal-submitting institutions, will commence.

For further information, please visit the DFG website.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions on the NFDI, please get in touch with the ServiceDesk. The RDM team is looking forward to hearing from you!