The Rat für Informations Infrastrukturen (RfII) recommended in its position paper "Leistung aus Vielfalt" [pdf 1MB] (German) the establishment of a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The NFDI funding programme was initiated by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) on June 6th 2019. The aim of the NFDI programme is to systematically improve management, long-term storage and accessibility of research data in accordance to the FAIR principles. The programme, which is financed by federal and state governments, will fund up to 30 consortia for a maximum of 5 years, initially.
On 26 June 2020 the Joint Science Conference (GWK) decided for the funding of nine NFDI-consortia from the first application round (press release). Two of the funded consortia involve participants from Thuringia (NFDI4Biodiversity and NFDI4Chem).
Till 15 August 2020 binding (for 2020) and non-binding (for 2021) letters of intent for the second application round can be submitted. The deadline for applications is on 30 September 2020.
A total of 48 consortia submitted a letter of intention for the NFDI programme to the DFG.Twenty-two of the consortia submitted an application in 2019, the other consortia aim for the later funding periods starting in 2020 and 2021. Many of the consortia involve partners from Thuringia. The Research Data Management Helpdesk and the Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management support and connect the participating institutions. For that purpose, the 1st NFDI Workshop Thuringia on August 13th 2019 was organised.