National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data 


The project

NFDI4Health - the National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data - deals with data generated in clinical trials, epidemiological and public health studies. The collection and analysis of these data on health and disease status and important factors influencing it are an essential component for the development of new therapies, comprehensive care approaches and preventive measures in a modern health care system. Although these data already meet high content quality standards, they often do not fulfil the requirements of the FAIR principles:

  • The findability of data is often limited due to the lack of international standards for registration and publication.
  • Possibilities for data use by third parties are usually unclear.
  • Databases are often not interoperable, e.g. due to the great methodological heterogeneity in the recording of exposures and health endpoints.
  • Furthermore, privacy requirements and informed consent of study participants restrict the reuse of data.
NFDI4Health: Mission

The mission of NFDI4Health is to provide new opportunities for the scientific use of personal health data while respecting privacy requirements. Based on the FAIR principles, services are provided to researchers to permanently store, semantically enrich and share data in interoperable form and to merge data from different sources.

NFDI4Health: Objectives

The NFDI intents to systematically make the databases of science and research accessible, secure them in the long term, and network them (inter)nationally. Embedded in this overarching framework, the aims of NFDI4Health are to

  1. Enable findability of and access to structured health data.

  2. Obtain federal framework for data holding organizations.

  3. Facilitate exchange and record linkage of personal health data in compliance with privacy regulations and ethical requirements.

  4. Establish automated services (e.g. search, analysis tools).

  5. Foster interoperability and reusability of data.

  6. Enhance use case-oriented collaboration among research communities.

NFDI4Health will increase the visibility and accessibility of research data, enhance the reputation of scientists who share their data, and foster new collaborations.
NFDI4Health: Benefit

NFDI4Health increases the performance and quality of health science research and thus helps to improve the health of the population. NFDI4Health will achieve this aim by increasing the national and international visibility of health science research, by strengthening the reputation of researchers who share their data, and by fostering new collaborations. The resulting infrastructures will bridge the gap between users and providers of epidemiological, public health and clinical trial data.

NFDI4Health: Cooperations
NFDI4Health is made up of an interdisciplinary team of 17 partners. A total of 48 renowned institutions from the health sector have assured their participation, including, for example, major professional societies or important epidemiological cohorts; letters of support have been received from 37 international institutions.

Task Areas

TA1 - Coordination

TA1 konzentriert sich auf Maßnahmen zur Projektkoordination, einschließlich des finanziellen Controllings des Gesamtprojekts, der TA1 will focus on project coordination measures including overall project financial controlling, dissemination, public relations and outreach to political decision makers. Read more

TA2 - Standards for FAIR Data

TA2 will evaluate and develop standards for findability and interoperability. This concerns data management and publication policies, (meta-)data standard harmonization, data quality assessment as well as standardization of health data access. Read more

TA3 - Services

TA3 will use the standards provided by TA2 to deliver NFDI4Health services, service enabling tools and the necessary technical support. These include a central search service, tools supporting data quality assessments and metadata annotations. They also include services for data use and access, as well as data/software repositories and archiving services. Moreover, TA3 will offer advanced distributed data analysis services. Read more

TA4 - Community & Networking

TA4 will address the needs and demands of the scientific community, inform and train our user community and organize community participation by disseminating tools and knowledge to and triggering feedback from the community. Read more 

TA5 - Use Cases

TA5 will implement the standards and services developed in TA2 and 3 in thematic use cases which cover a broad range of needs expressed by the user community during the planning phase of NFDI4Health. Each use case will serve as an example for a specific challenge for FAIRification of personal health data. Based on these use cases, we will develop and apply practical solutions that will facilitate the whole process from findability to reuse. Read more

TA6 - Privacy & Data Access in Concert

TA6 will be concerned with the legal framework conditions (EU GDPR) of data protection and data privacy, secure record linkage and solutions such as broad consent and differential privacy, e.g., via simulation of synthetic health data. Read more


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Universität Bonn
Uni Bremen
Universität Leipzig
HS Mittweida
Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
Unimedizin Greifswald
USB Köln


The partners of the NFDI consortium NFDI4Health are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the “Agreement between the Federal Government and the Länder Concerning the Establishment and Funding of a National Research Data Infrastructure” of 26 November 2018. To coordinate the activities, the partners of NFDI4Health participate as far as possible as members in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) e. V. association and participate in the various bodies and other structures of the association in accordance with its statutes.