Different diciplines – 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


The deadline for the submission of applications to the specialist consortia in the third round has been set for 2 November 2021. The funding start date for the third round consortia is 1 January 2023. For more information, please visit the DFG website.

Cross-cutting issues that affect several consortia are to be addressed in the Association in so-called sections. Examples of cross-cutting topics are the joint mode;ling of metadata schemas and ontologies, joint infrastructure services and services on the topic of research data management, legal and ethical issues surrounding the sharing of research data, or the establishment of the citation of research data in scientific publications. By working on cross-cutting issues, cross-disciplinary standards can develop and synergy effects can be exploited.