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RDA/US 2016 Call for Adoption Projects

Funding Available to assist U.S. projects, groups and organizations to adopt RDA Recommendations

RDA/US is pleased to announce the availability of funding to assist U.S. projects, groups and organizations in adopting RDA Recommendations.

RDA Recommendations are specific technical approaches and high level policy guidelines developed by RDA Working Groups to assist data users in overcoming common data sharing roadblocks and ultimately, accelerate collaboration and innovation worldwide.

To qualify to receive this funding from RDA/US, made possible through support from the MacArthur Foundation, a U.S. project, group and/or organization must submit an application to by Friday, February 12, 2016.

Applications should propose:

  • Usage of one or more of RDA Recommendations to solve an existing data sharing challenge AND
  • Evaluation of its success in various domains, which may lead to the future development of new and/or improved RDA Recommendations

RDA Recommendations are detailed in the recently published report titled "Research Data Alliance Outputs." 

In 2015, RDA/US conducted an Adoption Seed Pilot, resulting in the successful adoption of several RDA Recommendations. For additional reference, final reports detailing two "worked examples" of adoption are provided below.


  • Organizations, groups and projects are eligible as adopters; RDA/US strongly encourages applications from projects or organizations with established user communities.   
  • Where appropriate, use of existing facilities and collaboration with other RDA-affiliated organizations, e.g., NDS Labs (, is encouraged. 
  • Applicants not currently RDA members are encouraged to join RDA, however, membership in RDA is not a requirement or evaluation factor in the application process (Applicants are expected to join RDA if funding is received).
  • Applicants must be eligible to be a member of RDA/US (be a US citizen, member of RDA working at a US institution, or an organization with US affiliations).
  • Applicants cannot be from a government agency or organization

To Apply:

Applications are due Friday, February 12, 2016, and should be e-mailed to  The application should consist of a description of proposed work of no more than 5 pages that include:

  • Proposer's name, organizational affiliation, and contact information
  • Plan of work that addresses:
    • Problem being addressed (including justification for use of Working Group Recommendation to improve data sharing or a data infrastructure environment)
    • Nature of adoption effort to be carried out
    • Anticipated impact and metric of success - how will we know if the adopted infrastructure is successful in enhancing the data environment?
    • Milestones describing what is to be accomplished during the adoption period
  • Description of adopting organization(s) or project as well as the user community served
  • 2 page CVs of key personnel (not included in application page count)
  • Budget description and justification (not included in application page count).  Note that travel to RDA Plenary 8 will be provided for one member of the selected adopter's team and should not be included in the budget.

Terms of Acceptance:

  • Accepted applications will receive funding up to $40,000 to begin roughly around March 1, 2016, and must be complete by December 1, 2016.
  • Accepted applicants/adopters will be expected to work with representatives of the respective RDA Working Group to ensure there is a complete understanding of the Recommendation.
  • Adopters must attend RDA Plenary 8 in September 2016, to present a summary of their adoption results and activities (Reasonable travel funding will be provided).
  • The adoption project must be completed no later than December 1, 2016, at which point a Final Report will be due. Staffing must be immediately allocable on the project start date to ensure substantial progress is made before RDA Plenary 8
  • The adoption effort should add real demonstrated value to the user community for the system into which it is integrated.

Submissions will be evaluated on the potential for impact of the effort. Awards will be announced the week of February 22, 2016.

We encourage you to submit your proposal, as well as share this announcement with others you who feel may have an interest.

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