The goal of CANARIE’s RDM Program is to contribute to the development of a more integrated, interoperable, and accessible ecosystem of RDM platforms, repositories, and services.

This is CANARIE’s second call for proposals to develop software components and tools that support data management and facilitate interoperability and integration with digital research infrastructure (DRI) at the national and international levels.

Building on the foundation of RDM Call 1, RDM Call 2 will contribute up to $2.0M toward continued alignment of existing national platforms, repositories, and services with the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Principles, and focus on the development of national and international interoperability of these platforms, repositories, and services.

The purpose of the call is to:

  • Fund the enhanced interoperability of RDM components (platforms, repositories, and services) that form part of existing and emerging national data services (NDS). NDS are services that provide one or more data management-related functions to applicable stakeholders and disciplines in a specific national context.1 In Canada, these services form the National Data Services Framework (NDSF). You can view more information on the NDSF via the FAQ Page. For more detailed information, see the January 2019 NDSF Summit Background Document. Project submissions must address interoperability in one or more of the following Functional Layers of the ecosystem and must also describe how these development efforts support both the FAIR Principles and the NDSF:
  1. Discovery
    Discovery, either across all participating systems using a federated approach or via harvesting/indexing in a single system.
  2. Metadata Interoperability
    This consists of support for a common descriptive metadata schema, and/or profile across all participating systems, ideally enhanced by support for internationally recognized domain-specific metadata schemas.
  3. Persistent ID Creation, Use, and Maintenance
    This includes Persistent IDs (PIDs) support within metadata, ID minting, and synchronization.
  4. FAIR Services Registries, APIs, and Protocols
    Development of federated systems that are themselves FAIR, with APIs that provide access to metadata and specify details of the services and resources provided.
  5. Metadata Deposit and Harvest
    Interoperability in this context can include the development of services to allow deposit between disparate systems, common deposit services that facilitate metadata creation, and offering a selection of best practice repositories for deposit.
  6. Identity Management
    Providing services across a suite of research systems using Federated Identity Management (FIM).
  7. Storage
    Implementing an interoperable and standards-based approach to data storage software.
  8. Other
    Proposals may also address interoperability at additional functional layers in response to researcher needs, including data management planning, data creation/processing/analysis, security, provenance, and curation.


  • This call is intended for projects involving a multi-institutional collaboration, representing currently non-interoperable systems (e.g. software platforms, repositories, services), that will be integrated via one or more Functional Layers, thereby increasing the level of interoperability for components of Canada’s National Data Services Framework.
  • Applicants must be employed by a Canadian university, college, corporation, or other legally recognized entity. This entity will act as the Lead Contractor. The Lead Contractor must be able to enter into a Project Agreement with CANARIE.
  • The Lead Contractor may complete the project with one or more funded participant(s) from other Canadian entities. The Lead Contractor and any participants will be required to enter into a Consortium Agreement.

Funding Available

This call will provide up to $2.0M of funding to projects for the period of April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022. The maximum funding available per project is $700K.



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cuResearch Approval Form October 22, 2019
Submission to Sponsor October 29, 2019 1 PM ET

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