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NFDI4BIOIMAGE - a candidate consortium in the national research data infrastructure framework


NFDI4BIOIMAGE is a candidate consortium in the national research data infrastructure (Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur, NFDI) in Germany. Our focus is on all steps of the research data life cycle for microscopy and bioimage analysis. We applied to become a funded consortium in the third call for application (2021).

What is the NFDI?

The National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI is an initiative jointly funded by the federal-state and the Länder to establish an infrastructure framework for research data management in Germany. Based on a bottom-up, research-driven process orchestrated by the German Research Foundation DFG the NFDI will be organized as a network of collaborating consortia. Consortial initiatives can apply to participate in the NFDI framework by proposal submission within three consecutive calls. The NFDI4BIOIMAGE initiative has taken part in the third and last call (2021). Please find information material on our project concept on this website.

19 consortia have been funded after the first two application phases (2019 and 2020). An overview about the consortia can be found on the website of the NFDI.
The binding Letters of Intent to apply as consortia in the 2021 round of applications have been published in August 2021.

The NFDI was officially founded as a non-profit association in November 2020. The NFDI directorate is located in Karlsruhe, director of the NFDI is Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter.

For further information please visit or take a look at the NFDI introduction video by the DFG.


2022-06-28: Funding recommendations by the NFDI expert committee announced
The NFDI4BIOIMAGE initiative was informed to be among the seven consortia that will be recommended for funding to the joint science conference. We are excited and grateful for all the support from the bioimaging community. We are looking forward to the hopefully positive final decision by the joint science conference, which is expected in November 2022.

2022-06-10: Results of the NFDI4BIOIMAGE community survey published
Please find the results including all original data on our 2021 NFDI4BIOIMAGE community survey published on F1000Research:
Schmidt C, Hanne J, Moore J et al. Research data management for bioimaging: the 2021 NFDI4BIOIMAGE community survey. F1000Research 2022, 11:638 ( (August 8th, Update on peer-review status: [version 1; peer review: 2 approved])

2021-11-03: NFDI4BIOIMAGE proposal submitted
On Nov. 2nd, the NFDI4BIOIMAGE initiative has submitted its proposal to become a funded consortium within the NFDI framework. We would like to express our gratitude to all co-applicant institutions, participating individuals and institutes, partners, supporters, collaborating NFDI-consortia, the DFG and many more. We are looking forward to the review phase now.