FAIR Data Infrastructure
for Condensed-Matter
and Chemical Physics

FAIRmat - A Proposed Consortium of the German Research-Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

Spokesperson: Claudia Draxl (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Deputy: Matthias Scheffler (FHI Berlin)


Recommended by the Council for Information Infrastructures (RfII), an urgently needed sustainable infrastructure for provision, interlinkage, maintenance, and options for reuse of research data shall be created in Germany in the coming years. The needs and implementation of this National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), will be defined and realized by consortia from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. The consortium FAIRmat represents the interests of experimental, theoretical, and computational condensed-matter physics. This also includes, for example, chemical physics of solids, catalysis, functional materials, synthesis, and more.

Updates on the NFDI application process: FAIRmat submitted its binding Letter of Intent in July 2019, FAIRmat's proposal was submitted on October 15, 2019. In December 2019, the NFDI Evaluation Colloquium took place. A first positive feedback from the DFG was given in January 2020 when the consortia were notified of the review results. The first-round funding decision will be taken June 26, 2020 by the GWK.


Our approach and most important principle is to design the infrastructure of this field from bottom up and without bureaucratic hurdles. To this end, we will involve our colleagues in order to implement their needs make research studies more efficient, and to achieve a comprehensive acceptance of the project. The aim of FAIRmat is to improve, expand, and interlink existing infrastructures for the further development of these scientific disciplines and - where necessary - to create new infrastructures. Cooperation between universities and other research institutions as well as industry shall be strengthened.

FAIRmat, representing the condensed-matter and chemical-physics activities of the association FAIR-DI (FAIR Data Infrastructure for Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Astronomy e.V.), has already extensive practical experience and also follows FAIR-DI's mission statement:

Scientific data are a significant raw material of the 21st century. To exploit its value, a proper infrastructure that makes it Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-purposable – FAIR – is a must. For the fields of computational and experimental materials science, chemistry, and astronomy, FAIRDI sets out to make this happen. This enabling of extensive data sharing and collaborations in data-driven sciences (including artificial intelligence tools) will advance basic science and engineering, reaching out to industry and society.


FAIRmat is supported by numerous research institutions which have confirmed their support or cooperation through a statement. Here are some examples:

FAIRmat is an initiative that originated in the Condensed Matter Section (SKM) of the German Physical Society and was significantly influenced by SKM scientists, but now extends far beyond physics. The SKM acknowledges the already impressive interdisciplinary experience and success of the FAIRmat initiative and strongly supports the application for a NFDI consortium. We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with FAIRmat.
(Erich Runge and Martin Wolf, Spokespersons of SKM) 

FAIRmat brings together leading domain scientists with IT experts and cutting edge IT infrastructure. The agenda of the FAIRmat proposal paves the way to a new data-driven materials science, where research data from experiments, computations, and synthesis can be accessed, seamlessly analyzed, and hence exploited for the understanding of existing and the design of new materials. This will open completely new paths to insight in materials science. In addition to this scientific perspective, FAIRmat can also become a blueprint for other domains, which shows the strategic perspective of FAIRmat.
(Gerhard Kramer, Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Technical University of Munich)


Colleagues are invited to contribute their expertise and actively shape the necessary data infrastructures. If you would like to become part of FAIRmat, please register here.


FAIRmat covers the following areas: