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NDRIO‑Portage COVID‑19 Data Curation Funding

Posted by Jaq-Lin Larder on April 26, 2021 in Announcements

NDRIO and Portage are pleased to announce the availability of funding to support the curation of Canadian research data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this funding is to bring COVID-19 related data into timely compliance with the FAIR Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) for the management of research data, algorithms, tools and workflows. Ultimately, increasing the FAIRness of datasets makes them discoverable and re-usable by both humans and machines, enabling downstream research. As a secondary objective, this initiative aims to build capacity for research data management (RDM) in Canada by supporting the training of highly-qualified personnel (HQP) in data stewardship and curation.

About the Call

This initiative will contribute up to CAD $336,000 toward the employment of highly-qualified personnel by eligible applicants for data stewardship and curation activities taking place between the date of the award  and March 31, 2022. The maximum funding available per project is CAD $42,000. This funding may only be used for the contracting of HQP for the stewardship or curation of data from research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of funding awarded to each recipient will be based on the scope and defined needs of each project as demonstrated through the application process.

Additionally, funding recipients will receive support from Portage in the form of an initial consultation with the Data Curation Team and with the possibility of group or individual training activities during the course of the project, as determined by the needs of recipients and in consultation with Portage.

Applications should be prepared using the attached form [Word]. Please download and save a copy of the form, complete all required fields, and submit the completed form via email to

Read the full details of the call.

Applications will be accepted until May 21, 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by June 18, 2021.

Awards are subject to confirmation of federal government funding.