(Published on 21.03.2023) The first round of funded NFDI consortia will be evaluated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2023. This will be based on interim reports from the consortia. The second and third funding rounds will follow in the next two years.
In addition, the German Council of Science and Humanities (“Wissenschaftsrat”, WR) will examine the effectiveness and success of NFDI through a structural evaluation starting in the fourth quarter of 2024.
The NFDI Task Force for Evaluation and Reporting (formerly the Task Force Monitoring) is working on the preparation of the interim reports of the consortia and the structural evaluation of NFDI. For this purpose, members of the task force wrote the white paper “Interim Report Reference”. The paper creates a basis for the consortia’s interim reports to DFG through jointly agreed definitions of cross-consortium topics.
At its meeting on 13 January 2023, the consortium assembly unanimously decided that the white paper should be used for reporting to the DFG. As part of the decision, the Consortia Assembly encouraged the strengthening of cross-consortia collaboration in this area and invites all interested consortia to send staff to the Task Force.
You can download the complete white paper at Zenodo.
Industry Engagement: Speaker elected and section concept published
In its first official meeting on 5 May, the Section Industry Engagement elected Prof. Dr. Florian Stahl as speaker and Prof. Dr. Chris Eberl as deputy speaker.
In addition, the section concept was published on zenodo.
IAM4NFDI: Identity and access management starts path to NFDI-wide basic service
On 31 March, the consortia assembly of the NFDI Association unanimously approved the funding of the basic service application “Identity and Access Management for the German National Research Data Infrastructure (IAM4NFDI)” by the collaborative joint project Base4NFDI.
This is intended to create the conditions for users from different disciplines, consortia and research institutions to be able to register for services and use them.
New section Industry Engagement coordinates cooperation with industry
The NFDI sections are dedicated to topics that are relevant to all or several consortia. In October 2021, the first four sections already started their work. Now the fifth section, Industry Engagement (section-industry), is starting.