Base4NFDI in a Nutshell: Base4NFDI is an initiative to create common and shared services for the NFDI community. The goal is to underpin the activities within the NFDI disciplinary consortia by providing efficient NFDI-wide core services to support research data sharing. One of the main focus areas is to provide a sustainable framework in which to roll out generic services as well as a coherent service landscape. These services will grow, evolve and become permanent features of the NFDI landscape.
Three building blocks of development: Base4NFDI supports new services getting off the ground via a programme of financial support. Each service goes through three separate project phases: initialization, implementation and roll-out, during which all the NFDI consortia will have the opportunity to iteratively decide whether to support each service in the next stage. This will ensure basic data sharing needs of the consortia are met and guarantees a commitment to use the service.
Base4NFDI encourages potential services to integrate and adapt already existing component parts of the German research service landscape, as well as ensuring interoperability and connectivity with infrastructures outside of Germany, for example EOSC. Monitoring and refinement of the services through user feedback will be consistently developed and realized. Meanwhile, the Base4NFDI staff supports and consults with regards to all topics from requirement engineering to communication & training in each of the three service stages.
The team is growing:
- We now have a new managing director, Najla Rettberg, who is based at TU Dresden. You can get in touch directly with her via email (
- Support for implementation: We are also pleased to launch our Service Steward programme. We now have four dedicated stewards whose remit is to accompany the services over their three stages and give relevant support for adoption and service integration. See who they are here.
- An ear to the ground: At the same time, Base4NFDI is committed to keeping up to date with the Section activities and outputs, where ideas for potential services will derive from. It does this via three Section Liaisons who are now in place to become embedded in Section meetings and fully understand the potential for new services. See their names here.
How can you contact the Base4NFDI team? Send an email to the Office (
Base4NFDI is community-driven – we are here for you to work together to co-design these basic services for the whole of NFDI. We are happy to listen and hear your ideas. We welcome your involvement!
Propose to us! If you are preparing for one of the next rounds (deadlines 15 February - 1 May - 1 August), feel free to reach out to us directly at
Base is transparent: You can see all abstracts of projects who applied in 2023 here. The three projects in the initialization and integration phase are here. Each of the ongoing projects will be presented regularly at the NFDI talks - stay tuned for the schedule. Remember to keep an eye out for our list of events.
Up and running projects: More information about the individual projects: you can read them here on the Base4NFDI website. You can view the abstracts in our Zenodo community