Different disciplines – one goal

Up to 30 NFDI consortia will be selected in a science-led process managed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). This is to ensure a broad coverage of scientific disciplines within the NFDI: from cultural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering to life sciences and natural sciences. Numerous institutions such as universities or research centres are involved in each consortium and work together on internal and cross-disciplinary topics. Funding for the consortia from the federal and state governments is initially planned for ten years.


In the first round, nine consortia were selected for funding, which started in October 2020.

  • DataPLANT: Plant research data
  • GHGA: German Human Genome–Phenome Archive
  • KonsortSWD: Consortium for the Social, Educational, Behavioural and Economic Sciences
  • NFDI4Biodiversity: Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Data
  • NFDI4Cat: NFDI for sciences related to catalysis
  • NFDI4Chem: Chemistry consortium for the NFDI
  • NFDI4Culture: Consortium for Research Data on Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage
  • NFDI4Health: NFDI personal health data
  • NFDI4Ing: NFDI for Engineering Sciences


Funding for a further ten consortia in the second round was announced in July 2021.

  • BERD@NFDI: NFDI for Business, Economic and Related Data
  • DAPHNE4NFDI: Data from PHoton and Neutron Experiments for NFDI
  • FAIRmat: FAIR Data Infrastructure for Condensed-Matter Physics and the Chemical Physics of Solids
  • MaRDI: Mathematical Research Data Initiative
  • NFDI4DataScience: NFDI for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • NFDI4Earth: NFDI Consortium Earth System Sciences
  • NFDI4Microbiota: NFDI for Microbiota Research
  • NFDI-MatWerk: National Research Data Infrastructure for Materials Science and Materials Engineering
  • PUNCH4NFDI: Particles, Universe, NuClei and Hadrons for the NFDI
  • Text+: Language and text-based research data infrastructure


Funding for the consortia in the third round will begin on 1 March 2023:

  • FAIRagro: FAIR Data Infrastructure for Agrosystems
  • NFDI4BIOIMAGE: National research data infrastructure for microscopy and bioimage analysis
  • NFDI4Energy: National Research Data Infrastructure for Interdisciplinary Energy System Research
  • NFDI4Immuno: National Research Data Infrastructure for Immunology
  • NFDI4Memory: The Consortium for the Historically Oriented Humanities
  • NFDI4Objects: Research Data Infrastructure for the Material Remains of Human History
  • NFDIxCS: National Research Data Infrastructure for and with Computer Science


Cross-cutting topics that affect several consortia are dealt with in the association in so-called sections.