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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 was approved as an official part of the NFDI in November 2022.

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 successfully applied in the third and last call (2021) and will start its operations as an NFDI consortium in 2023. 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 of the consortia can be found on the website of the NFDI.
15 consortia applied in the 2021 call for applications.

On November 4th, 2022, the Joint Science Conference approved eight new consortia to become part of the NFDI starting in March 2023.

The NFDI was 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.


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.