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:
1. 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 (
2. 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.
3. 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
B ase 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
We’re happy to announce the first Base4NFDI User Conference on 20 and 21 November 2024 in Berlin!
Our invitation goes out to everyone interested in actively using & shaping future basic services of the NFDI. The conference will be a place to talk about requirements, exchange ideas with the communities and to get to know the current developments in detail. We will provide updates on the conference on our website base4nfdi.de soon.
Our best wishes to everyone for the holidays and a happy new year.
Mark your calendars! The deadlines for submitting the basic service applications for rounds 5 and 6 needed to be adjusted due to fixed consortium assembly meeting dates and the required time for the decision-making process:
Round 5: May 1st, 2024 - previous: May 15th, 2024
Round 6: August 1st, 2024 - previous: September 15th, 2024
A new version of the Base4NFDI proposal has been published on Zenodo. This version reflects the funding cuts, milestones/deliverables, and the updated term of the project (01/03/2023 to 29/02/2028).
We are delighted to announce IAM4NFDI's entry into the Integration phase in early 2024, following the Consortia Assembly’s meeting in the third round.
The basic service IAM4NFDI connects and expands current and existing identity access management systems with the goal to access digital resources NFDI-wide and beyond. IAM4NFDI aims to become a decentralised, federated IAM (Identity and Access Management) for approx. 5000 home institutions.
The integration phase centres on the (further) development of the service, its testing and introduction as a prototype. In order to ensure the connection of as many use cases as possible within NFDI, the service will be harmonised with existing solutions.
Congratulations to the basic service project team!
One aim of Base4NFDI is to provide a basis for better findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of research data. This also includes the publication of data. For this purpose, we have moved the Base4NFDI Proposal to Zenodo for better a find- and reusability. Take a look.
Bernard, Lars, Altenhöner, Reinhard, Böhm, Franziska, Diepenbroek, Michael, Ebert, Barbara, Fluck, Juliane, Herres-Pawlis, Sonja, Klinger, Axel, Koepler, Oliver, Lorenz, Sören, Mathiak, Brigitte, Miller, Bernhard, Pelz, Peter, Rißler-Pipka, Nanette, Ritz, Raphael, Sax, Ulrich, Schimmler, Sonja, Schörner, Thomas, Schubotz, Moritz, … Suchodoletz, Dirk von. (2022). Base4NFDI - Basic Services for NFDI (Version 1). Zenodo.
"Connecting Communities" is the theme of the first Conference on Research Data Infrastructure (CoRDI) , which will take place from 12 to 14 September in Karlsruhe, Germany. By invitation from the German National Research Data Infrastructure association (NFDI), more than 600 national and international stakeholders from all areas of research and the infrastructures will be present. Including, of course, the Base4NFDI team!
If you have any questions about the project, the submission process or the basic services currently under development, please join us at the "Market of the Consortia”. You can meet us on ...
Wednesday, 13th September, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, 13th September, 3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Thursday, 14th September, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 14th September, 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Four new proposals have been submitted to Base4NFDI in the final submission round that ended on August 15th 2023. Three applications were submitted for the initialization phase and one for the integration phase (IAM4NFDI). Take a look and get to know the services that are being discussed in the upcoming weeks:
NFDI Research Software Marketplace "nfdi.software"
nfdi.software will implement a central research software marketplace to enable access to a large portfolio of research software relevant to researchers and research software engineers. nfdi.software will integrate information on relevance and adoption of software in communities and connect research software to publications, data, services and more.
A central Jupyter Hub "Jupyter4NFDI"
Though Jupyter notebooks are widely used across scientific disciplines, their deployment through individual JupyterHubs results in access barriers to computational and data resources. Jupyter4NFDI aims to unify these efforts by offering a centralized service, simplify access, support the import of projects and extend the reach of Jupyter to a broader audience.
Competence Training for Research Data Management "RDMTraining4all"
RDMTraining4all aims to develop modular teaching concepts and materials that can be used to create training programmes and courses in research data management (RDM). Experts in RDM training will furthermore support training responsibles in the consortia in transforming these modular concepts and materials into discipline-specific training programmes and running and certifying the corresponding training activities.
Identity and Access Management “IAM4NFDI”
IAM4NFDI is concerned with connecting and expanding existing and emerging IAM systems in a way that researchers from different domains and institutions are able to access digital resources existing within NFDI as easily as possible, including access to and exchange with external infrastructures and resources. IAM4NFDI aims to create a decentralized, federated Identity and Access Management and will conclude their initialization phase in February 2024.
IAM4NFDI was the first proposal to successfully pass the first round of submissions in February 2023. After the last few months of development, the service is now ready to move from the initialization phase to the integration phase.
A decision about the funding of these four services will be made in October by the Consortia Assembly and after evaluation by the Technical Expert Committee. This year, NFDI sections were able to submit applications for basic services on three dates. Are you planning a proposal yourself? Check our templates and submission rounds for 2024!