Guidelines - Pilot
Note: The 2020 Call for Pilot Proposals has been closed -
Please do NOT submit a proposal !
The guidelines here are meant as a preparation for the
next call, which is subject to the DFG Funding of NFDI4Earth and will be
launched in 2021.
Stay tuned !
How to apply for a NFDI4Earth Pilot?
The aim of the
Earth System Science Pilots in the NFDI4Earth is to contribute to a broad,
sustainable, and innovative development of the consortium. Pilots serve, for
instance, for requirements engineering in the different task areas. The extent
of a pilot should not exceed 1 person-year.
- Proposals for pilots will be evaluated in an open review process.
Both the proposals and the anonymous reviews will be made accessible. By
submitting a proposal, you as PI agree to an open access evaluation of the
- Criteria for the evaluation of the pilots will be in
equal parts (scored on a 5 points scale for each criterion):
Quality and Innovation (relevance beyond state-of-the-art)
Feasibility (leveraging existing technologies)
Potential for engaging a
broad user community (also potential for linking
scientific users and information infrastructures)
Potential for integration
into the NFDI4Earth (relevance to the NFDI4Earth as
whole e.g. in terms of contributing to a measure like education,
interoperability, archiving, and clearly addressing relevant aspects of the
research data life cycle)
- It is important to note that the selected set of pilots must represent a broad
range of disciplines within the Earth System Sciences. Hence, pilots
may be selected that score a bit lower than others on the criteria
mentioned above in order to cover a wider range of disciplines and
- Submissions should
follow the template below - text must contain
proper references and links where appropriate.
- Pilots must be described
as short as possible and not exceed 4 pages. However, we will not exclude anyone who does not exactly respect the
constraints. But precise wording is what counts.
Note: If the
submitted pilot proposal is successful, the applicant agrees
- that the PIs parent institution
will be named as participant (with the PI as representative) of the NFDI4Earth,
- that a letter of commitment is
provided in due time (due to DFG regulations the letter has to be signed by
- that the person submitting the pilot will support the
proposal writing process as it will be requested by the NFDI4Earth editorial
Also note: The submission is subject to a review process
and does not guarantee any funding!