Dear colleagues,

Over the next ten years, the German Federal and Länder governments are going to provide nearly 900 million Euros for the development of a National Research Data Infrastructure (Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur, NFDI). Several consortia from different branches of physics are already planning to participate in the effort. However, the NFDI initiative remains not well known to many physicists.

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are intending to set up a consortium „NFDI4Phys” for the 2020 funding call. The goal is to complement the existing 
consortia, with a special focus on: 

  • A broad, comprehensive representation of concerns from all branches of physics and closely related fields.
  • The formulation of foundational and interdisciplinary standards and methods in order to make research data of heterogeneous origin publicly available and interpretable by both humans and machines. 

Our projected development tasks run the gamut from theoretical notions via the design and implementation of hands-on applications, repositories and central services, to training and education. We consider good networking with users and other consortia essential.

The detailed structure, aims, and responsibilities of the consortium will be defined using a bottom-up approach, based on the demand. Therefore, you are cordially invited to participate in a NFDI survey: 

We are going to use the results to work out the requirements for a future NFDI, as seen by physics as a whole. Particularly, we are interested in learning the opinion of those whose needs or topics of study are not yet covered by another consortium. By participating in our poll, you can shape this process. The results will also be of great use in defining shared “cross-cutting” task areas with other consortia. We would be glad to consider your replies soon.

The "Coordination and Planning Meeting on Physics in NFDI", to be held in Magnus-Haus, Berlin, on 12 May, cannot be held in the original format and had to be cancelled. If you have questions or would like to suggest topics for the ongoing discussion, please contact Georg Düchs (DPG Head Office,

We are keen on capturing the broadest possible response from all of physics.

Thus, we would be deeply grateful if you could fill out the questionnaire

Best wishes,
Your NFDI4Phys consortium