The Australian Data Partnerships program is one of six programs in the National Data Assets initiative.

Projects in the Australian Data Partnerships program create or develop high quality data collections that:

  • support leading edge research (publications, grants, impact, science priorities)
  • are national in scale (not institutional), that is:
    • Have data from multiple organisations
    • Have data that is consumed by researchers, policy makers, industry, NGOs from multiple organisations
    • Have governance arrangements over the data that include multiple organisations

Approach

We are taking a two-stage approach to making investments in Australian Data Partnerships. The first stage will be a call for expressions of interest (EOIs) followed by a request for proposals (RFP).

EOI phase

The EOI phase is intended to encourage collaboration between researchers, research organisations and communities around a proposed national scale data asset investment, to maximise a data asset’s potential impact. EOIs will be made public on the ARDC website, and we will actively broker discussions between similar EOIs so that combined proposals can be developed and submitted in the RFP phase. We will host a webinar to assist research organisations and communities to understand the Australian Data Partnerships program and best position themselves to submit a proposal.

RFP phase

The RFP phase is a competitive funding call and will only be open to those who submitted a successful EOI, and their collaborators.

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Timeline

The table below provides an indicative time frame for these activities, noting that the ongoing impact of COVID-19 is impossible to forecast and may result in significant changes over time.

ActivityDate
Publication of Open Call documentationEarly June 2020
Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) (opens-closes)7 - 24 July 2020
Request for Proposals (RFP) (opens-closes)1 - 18 Sept 2020
Evaluation of proposalsMid Nov 2020
Announcement of successful projects and contracts awardedDecember 2020
Projects commenceJanuary 2021

Scope

Projects in the Australian Data Partnerships program will establish new, or improve existing, data collections (data assets). The new or improved data asset itself is the output of the project, including new multi-party governance and collaborative arrangements needed to sustain it. Collaboration, visualisation and analytic tools or platforms used on the data assets are obviously necessary for benefit realisation but are not considered appropriate deliverables for this program. More information on the program intent is in the full program description [PDF 315KB].

For projects that focus on developing platforms and virtual research environments to work with data, the Platforms Open Call 2020 may be more appropriate. The Platforms open call is for development of platform infrastructure (by adoption or adaptation of existing solutions), and associated work on integrations and connections to data resources and tools.

Funding

The total investment for the Australian Data Partnerships program is up to $5.6M. Individual project proposals can apply for a total of up to $500,000 in funding over two and a half years.

The ARDC recognises that the COVID-19 situation has placed financial constraints on many organisations, which are restricting the funds available for infrastructure projects. To assist in the continued development of e-research infrastructure, 1:1 matching co-investment will not be mandatory for this Australia Data Partnerships Open Call; however, the level of co-investment will form part of the Proposal evaluation criteria.

Eligibility

Project proposals will be accepted from Australian organisations. Note that the ARDC will need to contract with a legal entity.