(Published on 01.10.2021) Funding for ten more NFDI consortia began at the beginning of October. The decision had already been made by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) on 2 July. The GWK followed the recommendation of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The new ten consortia in overview:
- BERD@NFDI – NFDI for economic data and related disciplines
- DAPHNE4NFDI – Data from PHoton and Neutron Experiments
- FAIRmat – FAIR Data Infrastructure for Condensed Matter Physics and Chemical Physics of Solids
- MaRDI – Mathematical Research Data Initiative
- NFDI4DataScience – NFDI for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
- NFDI4Earth – NFDI Consortium Earth System Sciences
- NFDI4Microbiota – National Research Data Infrastructure for Microbiota Research
- NFDI-MatWerk – National Research Data Infrastructure for Materials Science & Engineering
- PUNCH4NFDI – Particles, Universe, Nuclei and Hadrons for NFDI
- Text+ – Language and text-based research data infrastructure
Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter, Director of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e.V. association, congratulated the new consortia on the start of funding: “I am pleased that our network continues to grow and more and more scientific fields are being covered. We now want to integrate the ten new consortia of the second round into the existing structures that we have built up since the founding of the association last October. I warmly welcome all the collaborators to NFDI.”
A total of 19 consortia from a wide range of scientific disciplines are now being funded within the framework of NFDI. The participating institutions are spread throughout Germany and form a large network that is pushing forward the design of effective research data management on a national and international level.
In the coming months, the new consortia will establish their organisational structures and join cross-consortia groups with different thematic focuses. “We already have a year of intensive development behind us, which was characterised by a lot of cross-consortia support,” says Eva Lübke, Administrative Director of the NFDI Association. “The high level of cooperation provides a good basis for the rapid integration of the new ten consortia. I would like to thank all the consortia in the first round and our partners for their commitment, as well as our funders for their support.”
Up to 30 consortia are to be funded under the NFDI by 2022. The federal and state governments want to provide up to 90 million euros annually for the development of NFDI.
Although the NFDI consortia cover a wide variety of scientific fields, many topics also overlap. These cross-cutting topics will be addressed in so-called sections. The first four sections are now starting their work. The Scientific Senate approved their establishment at its meeting on 29 September.
Members of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and their employees had the opportunity on Wednesday, 16 June, to learn about the major challenges in research data management as well as solution strategies through NFDI. The association presented itself during a virtual parliamentary lunch.
The FAIR Data Spaces project started in May 2021. It is planned for three years and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. In this project, the federated safe data infrastructure Gaia-X and the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) are developing a joint cloud-based data space for industry and research.