Seven new HMC projects receive funding


The third round of calls for proposals of the Helmholtz Incubator Platform Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) for projects has been successfully concluded. Seven outstanding projects will be funded with a total of €2.96 million over the next two years - of which around €1.4 million will be provided by the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund. 12 centres are involved in the funded projects.

The call for proposals has again met with a great response throughout the Helmholtz Association: A total of 18 applications were submitted from all research fields. The annual HMC call format is intended to encourage activities that offer approaches to solving practical challenges in the documentation of research data and the generation of metadata for Helmholtz Association research data.

"The successful third round of calls underlines the importance of metadata in the individual disciplines and for research data in general. The funding line allows us to work specifically with researchers in the Helmholtz Association on these topics and provide usable solutions. We look forward to working with the seven projects," says Sören Lorenz (HMC spokesperson).

Over the next two years, the seven funded projects will work on metadata-specific topics in disciplines such as single cell analysis, laser plasma, or weather research and develop solutions.

Further information on all funded projects can be found here:

Background information:

With an annual call for community projects, the targeted development of tools and solutions for metadata handling is promoted within HMC. The projects serve as important use cases for the community, their results are integrated into HMC activities and are thus available to the entire Helmholtz Association. Projects can be funded for a maximum of 2 years and are financed with a maximum of 200,000€ from the Helmholtz Association's Initiative and Networking Fund. Funded Helmholtz Centres must co-finance the respective project by at least 50%.

The Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration is one of five platforms of the Helmholtz Incubator for Information and Data Science. The aim of HMC is to enable the enrichment of research data through metadata in the various phases of its creation and to develop and implement concepts and services for this purpose (