The NMDC Champions Program
Enabling researchers to regularly engage with and contribute to the NMDC project.
|Do you appreciate the value of well-curated data?||Would you like to tell others about the NMDC?||Are you excited about data sharing and reuse?||Are you interested in advocating for the importance of FAIR microbiome data?|
Apply to the NMDC Champions program!
|With a core priority of developing shared resources together with the microbiome research community, the NMDC team launched the Champions program to enable motivated researchers to regularly engage with and contribute to the NMDC.
Applications are accepted year-round! Apply now.
FAIR microbiome data is necessary to support collaborations and future research analyses. It is important to assess the data quality and connect the metadata, including sample processing and data creation/analyses steps. I became a NMDC champion to help test workflows and make microbiome data FAIR.
What do Champions do?
NMDC Champions are important contributors to the development of the NMDC, and are among the first to provide feedback on core activities, which include:
|Usability testing||Usability testing to improve the UI and feature development of the NMDC Data Portal, NMDC EDGE, and NMDC Data Submission Portal (coming soon!)|
|Engagement activities||Consult on, demo, and preview new engagement programs and activities|
|Workflows||Beta-test new NMDC bioinformatic workflows before public release|
|Training & documentation||Provide critical feedback on NMDC training and documentation|
|Data management||Contribute to improving data management plan best practices|
Champions are expected to:
- Spend +10-12 hours per year on NMDC activities
- Promote and share NMDC content and opportunities via email and social media
- Share your experiences on data curation, data management, or working with the NMDC – in person, at events, or via the NMDC web platforms
- Advocate for the importance of FAIR microbiome data and spread the NMDC mission
Benefits of being a NMDC Champion
Build relationships with others who are passionate about FAIR microbiome data
Meet scientific experts from the NMDC Scientific Advisory Board and partner organizations
Join the NMDC in promoting FAIR microbiome data (e.g. congressional briefings, conference panel sessions and talks)
Discuss in-depth updates with NMDC team members in dedicated Champions program meetings
Receive an on-boarding handbook with NMDC resources upon acceptance into the program
Be acknowledged as an NMDC Champion on the NMDC website
Receive recognition for contributions to core NMDC activities
Have your research promoted through the NMDC communication channels
How are the Champions and Ambassadors programs different?
The NMDC launched the 2021 Ambassadors program to provide training and support for early career researchers who are motivated to engage with their respective research communities to lower barriers to adoption of metadata standards. Ambassadors are required to meet additional expectations in order to carry out targeted activities in collaboration with the NMDC. The programs differ in the following ways:
|Champions Program||Ambassadors Program|
|A rolling application review process
Remain a Champion while expectations are met
Minimum of 10-12 hours per year dedicated to NMDC activities
No required training sessions
Open to individuals at any career stage or location
Opportunities to contribute are offered on an ad-hoc basis depending on interests of the Champion and needs of the NMDC team
|Concrete application deadlines
Cohort based with a 1-year program duration
Minimum of 24-36 hours per year dedicated to NMDC
6 required training sessions
Limited to early career researchers based in the US
Ambassadors spearhead a year-long project with specific NMDC objectives targeting their communities