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NFDI4BIOIMAGE - a consortium in the National Research Data Infrastructure


NFDI4BIOIMAGE is a consortium of 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. NFDI4BIOIMAGE applied as a consortium in the third call for applications (2021) and has started as an NFDI consortium in March 2023.

What is the NFDI?

The National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI is an infrastructure framework for research data management in Germany funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and research and the Länder. Orchestrated by the German Research Foundation DFG, the NFDI is forming as a network of collaborating consortia. Over three years (2019 to 2021) consortial initiatives applied in three consecutive calls to become a part of the NFDI.

The NFDI4BIOIMAGE consortium applied in the third call (2021) and has been approved as a new consortium by the Joint Science Conference in November 2022. As of March 2023, our consortium is officially one of 26 consortia within the NFDI framework. Please find and overview of the consortia on the website of the NFDI.

The NFDI has the legal form of non-profit association. The NFDI directorate is located in Karlsruhe, director of the NFDI is Prof. Dr. York Sure-Vetter.
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2023-12-11: Joint NFDI4BIOIMAGE & DataPLANT project offered at the 2nd de.NBI Biohackathon Germany in Bielefeld.
Organized by LIN Magdeburg and the University of Cologne, the two consortia offer a hackathon project to establish interoperability between the Annotated Research Context (ARC) and the image data management platform OMERO. Strongly supported by the CEPLAS EXC, CECAD EXC, CRC-TRR341, and the RRZK@UniCologne. Check out the program and register here:

2023-08-28: BioImage Analysis Training School and Symposium co-organized by our co-applicant institution TU Dresden
Co-organized by Robert Haase, task area leader in NFDI4BIOIMAGE, the Physics of Life BioImage Analysis Symposium and Training School will take place from August 28th to September 1st in Dresden: Find more information here.

2023-04-26: First in-person Steering Board Meeting of NFDI4BIOIMAGE
How exciting to finally meet with all the enthusiastic Task Area Leaders and the NFDI4BIOIMAGE project office in-person. During a two day workshop, the Steering Board, consisting of the Task Area Leaders from the Co-Applicant institutions elaborated the path to forward the implementation of the consortium. We will keep you posted on the process.

2023-03-07: Workshop Announcement: 2nd Workshop on FAIR Data in Plasma Science - May 3rd & 4th
This workshop is organized with contribution from our participating institution Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology. Find more information here

2023-03-01: Official start of the funding phase
Today, the NFDI4BIOIMAGE consortium officially starts. We are excited to start working on our planned goals. We will keep you posted with updates soon.

2022-02-06: Presentation on microscopy image data management by members of NFDI4BIOIMAGE
On February 6th, at 4 pm, our spokesperson Stefanie Weidtkamp-Peters (HHU Düsseldorf), and two consortium members, J. Hanne (GerBI-GMB e.V.) & C. Schmidt (German Cancer Research Center) will talk about "A journey to FAIR microscopy data", presenting about challenges and opportunities in bioimaging RDM, and about the projects I3D:bio and NFDI4BIOIMAGE. Host: MoMAN Ulm. Find more information and the access link to the online seminar here.

2022-11-04: NFDI4BIOIMAGE is approved by the Joint Science Conference as one of eight new NFDI consortia starting in 2023
It's official: The Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) has now approved all eight consortia of the third call that had been previously recommended for funding by the German Research Foundation. The new consortia will start going into operation as of March 2023. We are very excited and grateful to all supporters, co-applicants, participants, and friends.

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 ( (October: Update on peer-review status: [version 2; 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.


The NFDI4BIOIMAGE project is a collaboration of co-applicant institutions and participating institution. NFDI4BIOIMAGE is legally non-independent and does not engage in any external legal transactions. Within the framework of the collaboration, the project partners each work on subtasks of the project in their own name.