Investing in new platforms
The ARDC is running a program of investment in platform infrastructure over four years (2019-2023). A goal of the program is to increase the number of researchers with access to platforms, both in terms of absolute number and in terms of diversity of disciplines. The program also seeks to support a community of platform operators.
We define a platform as “a set of services, often with associated integration and/or orchestration functions and connections to specific data resources, that is intended to enable researchers to carry out some of their research activities”. Platforms are also called virtual research environments or virtual laboratories.
The 2019 open call invested in ten platform projects that cover the National Science and Research Priorities and National Research Infrastructure Roadmap focus areas. The breadth of investment ensures Australia's world class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.
Applicants for our 2020 platforms open call are encouraged to pursue reuse of existing platforms, components, and approaches, including engaging with those projects that were successful in the 2019 open call. The 2020 platforms open call complements the Australian Data Partnerships open call, which seeks to establish or develop national scale data assets to support leading edge research. We are also focusing on building a community of platform developer.