On July, 2nd 2021 the Joint Science Conference (GWK) announced in a second of three funding rounds its final decision about choosing 10 more consortia as a part of the National Research Data Infrastructure Program (NFDI). According to the German Federal Government and the federal states they will complement very well the nine consortia which were chosen last year in the first funding round. In total they intend to fund up to 30 consortia.
One of the currently selected consortia is FAIRmat (FAIR Data Infrastructure for Condensed-Matter Physics and the Chemical Physics of Solids). Under the leadership of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin also TUM, the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ), the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC), the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI), the Karlsruher Institut für Technology (KIT) and the FAIR-DI e.V. are involved in the project. One of the Co-Spokespersons is Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz, Dean of the Department of Informatics.
The project FAIRmat will receive funding to set up an infrastructure that helps making materials-science data FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. This will enable researchers in Germany and beyond to store, share, find, and analyze data over the long term. During the five-year term, a total of 60 PIs from 34 German institutions will work together in the FAIRmat consortium.