HMC Project Call 2020

1st Call 2020 (status April 2021)

The first Call for HMC Projects is now closed. Thank you very much for your contributions! We received 26 applications in total, out of which nine projects were proposed for funding in a competitive process by an international panel of experts. Find more information on the nine funded projects here.
If you have any questions concerning the call, please contact hmc-proposals(a)

Objectives of 1st Call

This call aims for projects initiating and facilitating activities that address practical challenges in the field of metadata generation and data enrichment. Find an abbreviated version of the submission rules below, but see details in the documents at the end of this page.

First practical results and promising prototypes are expected by the end of 2021. The results shall underpin and stimulate the growing HMC network. As part of this, results shall be presented at an HMC implementation workshop, scheduled for the end of 2021.

Goals of 1st call

A HMC project addresses one or more of these three overarching goals:

  • further metadata generation with interoperable metadata standards, vocabularies and/or ontologies

  • adopt or develop tools for data enrichment, e.g. automated metadata generation for recording dataset descriptions and workflows

  • adopt or develop tools to further metadata quality assessment and metadata curation


Funding: HMC Projects can apply for a volume of up to € 400 000. Half of the financial volume and at most € 200 000 will be funded by the INF. Funding will be provided for Helmholtz Centres only. In clearly documented cases, funding can also be provided for highly qualified university partners.

Duration: Maximum running time for HMC Projects is 2 years.

Eligibility: Any eligible proposal must comprise partners from at least two different Helmholtz Centres (or two AST programmes respectively).

Schedule (updated):

  • Application Deadline: 14 October 2020 (end of the day CET),

  • Review: Proposals will be swiftly evaluated by a panel of independent external experts (no presentation),

  • Starting of HMC Project: Q2/Q3 2021

  • First practical results and promising prototypes are expected 12 months later.

  • Results shall be presented at an HMC implementation workshop