Deadline for applications: 30. September 2022 NFDI4Culture Music Award

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The NFDI4Culture Music Award is given by the musicological community in NFDI4Culture and intends to recognize music-related or musicological projects and undertakings that contribute in a special way to the goals in the  task areas of the consortium, for example by:

  • Development of standards for data formats for encoding music-related or musicological research data (see TA1 Digitization and Enrichment of Digital Cultural Assets and TA2 Standards, Data Quality, and Curation).

  • Development of musicological research software (see TA3 Research tools and data services).

  • Contributions to sustainable archiving and making available music-related or musicological research data (see TA4 Data publication and long-term archiving)

  • Strategies for dealing with privacy and copyright issues (see TA5 Cross-cutting technical, ethical, and legal activities)

  • Developing ideas for communicating music-related or musicological research data and results (see TA6 Skills Development and Training - Cultural Research Data Academy)

  • Creating opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration (see TA7 Governance and Administration)

The award is presented in two different categories:

Category 1 (Qualification Award): up to 1500 €

Qualification theses (M.A./PhD and comparable) completed in the years 2021/22 from all disciplines contributing to the above-mentioned areas

Category 2 (Project Award): up to 3000 €

Projects of various kinds by researchers, artists, and persons from the cultural sector that contribute to the above-mentioned areas

Schedule for the selection and presentation of the award

01.08.2022 – 30.09.2022 Call for applications
Oktober/November 2022 Review of submissions
November 2022 Publication of award shortlist
06.12.2022 Announcement of award winners
31.03.2023 Presenation of shortlisted and awarded projects at the 3. Culture Community Plenary

The awardees will be selected by a jury composed of representatives from NFDI4Culture, the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, the German Music Council and ZenMEM. Beyond the two main award categories, other interesting projects may be selected from the submissions and, after consultation with the applicants, presented by NFDI4Culture in a summarized form in relevant forums, both digital and analog.

The funds associated with the award are earmarked for expenses that contribute to the goals of NFDI4Culture, e.g., travel costs for the participation in conferences or symposia, licensing or access fees for subject-specific literature, software, or information systems, working hours for technical support on a fee basis, publication costs or financial support for workshop organization. The funds must be used by the end of the year 2023 and must be accounted for at the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz by that time. An audit of the proper use of the project funds is carried out by the Academy of Sciences and Literature | Mainz. There is no entitlement to funds related with the award and there will be no forwarding of funds to individual persons or third parties.

The detailed conditions of participation apply for all submissions.


Your application should include the following documents:

Category 1

  1. curriculum vitae
  2. the qualification thesis with the reviews
  3. a description of the project (1-2 pages) that clearly shows how the work contributes to NFDI4Culture goals and how music-related data are included
  4. an overview of the planned use of award funds

Category 2

  1. curriculum vitae
  2. a description of the project (2-3 pages) that clearly demonstrates how it contributes to NFDI4Culture goals and how music-related data are included
  3. relevant publications related to the project (e.g., papers, data publications, tools, reports, exhibitions, or posters)
  4. an overview of the planned use of award funds

Applications may be submitted to the Culture Coordination Office with the subject line NFDI4Culture Music Award by 30. September 2022. If you have any questions, please also contact the CCO.

Submitt your application

By submitting your application, you declare that you have read and accepted the terms and conditions of participation in the NFDI4Culture Music Award.