Access to digital knowledge and management of research data from publicly funded science are seen as essential challenges for research and knowledge transfer in Germany. Over the past years, the Rat für Informationssinfrastrukturen (RfII) has initiated discussions on a national infrastructure for research data (Nationale Forschungsdaten-Infrastruktur, NFDI) and has recommended to establish such an infrastructure. The Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz (GWK) decided to fund the development of an NFDI with up to 90 million € per year for the next ten years (

The NFDI is intended to serve all disciplines of the entire research landscape in Germany. Its purpose is to support scientists in efficiently managing their research data and to ensure that research data becomes interoperable and re-usable, in line with international standards and initiatives (e.g., the FAIR principles, the European Open Science Cloud EOSC). The NFDI aims to build on and connect existing resources according to a comprehensive concept for research data management that is sustainable and competitive in the international context.


The development of the NFDI will be organized along the different scientific fields, through consortia of data producers, data users and infrastructure providers that represent the respective scientific communities. The wide scope and interdisciplinary nature of neuroscientific research, together with the important role of neuroscience in Germany, calls for an NFDI consortium dedicated to neuroscience.

Heterogeneity, complexity and growing volumes of neuroscience data, paired with the demand to re-use valuable experimental data, make it increasingly important to provide infrastructural support for the data management tasks of neuroscientists. This may include very diverse aspects, for example, tools to facilitate the acquisition of experimental data and metadata, standards to improve interoperability of data from multiple sources, services to store and organize the provenance of data acquisition and processing workflows, or enhancing accessibility and interoperability of databases, repositories, and other resources. Some solutions have started to emerge but need to be integrated and further developed to achieve a coherent and efficient data management framework for neuroscientists. This process will have to consider all subdomains of neuroscience and all methodological approaches with their requirements on research data, addressing the specific needs of the researchers.

The NFDI Neuroscience consortium works to build a community to develop the conceptual and practical basis of a research data management infrastructure for the neurosciences. The consortium is supported by the Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWG) and the Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience.

NWG Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience


Neuroscientists require practical solutions in the form of robust methods, tools, and services, that enable collecting and efficiently managing data and metadata during the everyday data workflows in the laboratory. Therefore the goal is to build a community-centered process where scientists benefit from and contribute to improving the research data management infrastructure. NFDI-Neuro aims to help researchers addressing their needs with existing solutions and to trigger and coordinate the development of new solutions where necessary. Community involvement on different levels will be essential for this process - from the contributions of individual researchers to the representation of large collaborative research projects and institutions.

Please see our Invitation for Contributions for how to get involved. We highly appreciate your participation.


Upcoming Events


  • Sept. 20, 2019: NFDI Neuroscience Community Workshop

    14:00-18:00, TU Berlin Main Building
    Room H2036
    Straße des 17. Juni 135
    10623 Berlin
    (Co-located with the Bernstein Conference 2019)

    The workshop will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of interests and for planning the next steps in the joint development of research data management solutions for neuroscience.
    To help plan the event, please register by sending an E-Mail to

    Workshop Program

    14:00 - 15:30 Session 1
    Short introduction of the NFDI initiative and NFDI-Neuro
    Discussion and collection of issues and needs concerning research data management
    Exemplary introduction of existing resources
    Definition of discussion topics for Session 2

    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

    16:00 - 17:40 Session 2
    Discussion of specific topics, option to break out in groups
    Reports from discussion groups

    17:40 - 18:00
    Wrap up and next steps

  • Sept. 18-19, 2019: NFDI Neuroscience Booth at the Bernstein Conference

    TU Berlin Main Building
    Straße des 17. Juni 135
    10623 Berlin

    Join us at the NFDI Neuroscience booth for information, short talks, and to possibility to discuss and give concrete ideas and suggestions to shape NFDI Neuroscience.



Past Events

NFDI Neuroscience supports neuroscientists in efficiently managing their research data and ensure that research data becomes interoperable and re-usable, in line with international standards and initiatives.
Sharing Data // Connecting Research // Pooling Brains