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National Reserach Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

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In 2016, the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (Rat für Informationsdienstleistungen, RfII) recommended in its position paper "Performance from diversity" [pdf, 1 mb] de (German) the establishment of a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) , whereupon the NFDI funding program was initiated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on June, 6th 2019.

The aim of the NFDI program is to improve management, long-term storage and accessibility of research data in accordance with 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 ). The funding decision by the GWK on the applications for the second round took place in June 2021 ( press release ). The GKW will decide on the funding of Basic Service Initiatives as well as on the funding of the Specialist Consortia from the third round in November 2022 ( Information for Researchers ).

Videos about the NFDI Expand entry

In its video "What is the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)" the DFG explains the position of the NFDI in the national research data landscape, its goals and its structure with a focus on the NFDI consortia and their challenges.

The DFG organizes the review process for consortia in the context of establishing the NFDI. In its video "The NFDI Review Process" the DFG explains how the review process in the second selection round will be conducted, what is expected from reviewers and presents some important background information.

The graphics from the two videos are provided by the DFG for re-use, eg in talks and presentations on the NFDI.

Information and documents from the DFG Expand entry
Discussion and position papers Expand entry
NFDI-related workshops Expand entry

Since 1 March 2020 Prof Dr York Sure-Vetter is the director of the NFDI. The directorate supports the consortia in organizational and networking efforts. Further information regarding the directorate can be found on the official NFDI website . Job offers from NFDI consortia are presented as well.

On 15 June 2020 the Leipzig- Berlin Declaration on NFDI Cross-Cutting Topics ("Berlin Declaration on NFDI Cross-Cutting Topics") was published. Therein 27 consortia declare their contribution to the joint development of defined cross-cutting topics and fields of action in the context of the NFDI.

NFDI consortia are funded in three rounds of calls for proposals. A large number of consortia submitted letters of intent to the DFG under the NFDI funding programme. Many of the consortia involve partners from Thuringia ( NFDI consortia incl. participants from Thuringia ). Two of the NFDI consortia with participants from Thuringia (NFDI4Biodiversity and NFDI4Chem) were funded in the first application round ( press release de ).

The Research Data Management Helpdesk and the Thuringian Competence Network for Research Data Management support and connect the participating institutions.

NFDI sections

In addition to the consortia, there are cross-cutting issues that are treated as separate  sections . These are:

  • section-metadata : (Meta) Data, Terminology and Provenance (->  Concept )
  • section-infra : Common Infrastructures (->  Concept )
  • section-edutrain : Training & Education (->  Concept )
  • section-ELSA : Ethical, Legal & Social Aspects (->  Concept )

Consortia of the National Research Data Infrastructure

last updated: November 2022

Consortia Discipline Funding since

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Botany 2020 -
GHGA - German Human Genome-Phenome Archive Biology/Genetics 2020 -
KonsortSWD Social, Educational, Behavioural and Economical Sciences 2020 -
NFDI4Biodiversity Biodiversity  2020 Birgitta Koenig-Ries *, Aletta Bonn *
NFDI4Cat Catalysis  2020 -
NFDI4Chem Chemistry 2020 Christoph Steinbeck *
NFDI4Culture Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage 2020 -
NFDI4Health Medicine 2020 -
NFDI4Ing Engineering Sciences 2020 -
BERD@NFDI Economics 2021 -
DAPHNE4NFDI Chemistry 2021 -
FAIRmat (Chemical) Physics 2021 Silvana Botti
MaRDI Mathematics 2021 -
NFDI4DataScience Data Science and Artifical Intelligence 2021  
NFDI4Earth Earth System Sciences 2021 Mark Reichstein *
NFDI4Microbiota Microbiology 2021

Manja Marz *, Birgitta König-Ries *, Kirsten Küsel *,

Christoph Steinbeck *, Axel A. Brakhage , Tilman Klassert ,

Gianni Panagiotou , Kai Papenfort

NFDI-MatWerk Material Science and Engineering 2021 -
PUNCH4NFDI Astrophysics 2021 Matthias Hoeft
Text+ Language and Text-based Research 2021 Gerrit Brüning, Ulrike Lorenz
NFDI4Memory Historically oriented Humanities 2023

Clemens Beckstein ​​, Hendrijke Carius ​, Robert Gramsch-Stehfest ​​,

Michael Lörzer ​, Sander Münster de , Kathrin Paasch ​, 

Martin Prell​​ ,  Iris Schröder ​, Olaf Simons ​,

Sina Zarriess

NFDI4Objects Material Remains of Human History 2023 Nicole BoivinStephan Schiffels
NFDI4BIOIMAGE Microscopy and Bioimage Analysis 2023

Thomas Bocklitz*, Thilo Figge, Aurelie Jost,

Jürgen Popp, Karol Szafranski

NFDI4Energy Interdisciplinary Energy System Research 2023


NFDI4Immuno Immunology 2023


FAIRagro Agrosystems 2023


NFDIxCS Computer Sciences 2023


Base4NFDI Basic Services 2023


* (Co-) Speaker of consortia

Logo NFDI4Chem
Information on the NFDI4Chem and the local team
nfdi4biodiversity logo
Biodiversity Consortium in the NFDI
NFDI4Microbiota Logo
Microbiology Consortium in the NFDI

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