Driving innovative digital infrastructure for real-world problems

The ARDC’s Translational Research Data Challenges program is a national-scale initiative providing innovative and high-impact digital infrastructure solutions to real-world problems. The program focuses on translational research, operating at the intersection of research and broader society, to provide tangible and enduring economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia.

Collaborating with partners from governments, research institutions and industry, the ARDC will develop projects that help address societal problems by removing barriers to the access, analysis and curation of data. Projects will be problem based, national scale, collaborative, unique, enduring and integrative across technological, cultural and organisational silos.

The Translational Research Data Challenges approach starts with a pressing societal problem, such as disaster resilience, crop yields or obesity. Through stakeholder consultations, key data challenges will be identified — such as data scale, sensitivity, availability and usability — that currently impede the advancement of solutions to these societal problems. Projects will focus on the development of digital infrastructure solutions, drawing on capabilities such as quality data collections and analytic platforms, underpinning compute and storage, informatics and data science expertise, as well as relevant governance and policy frameworks.

There are three icons. The first icon is of a person's head with question marks inside and outside the head and the text "start with a societal problem"; the second icon is of a person with a physical barrier infront and the text "identify the data challenge" and the third icon is of a cloud connected to lots of data and nodes with the text "build and apply digital infrastructure"


The Translational Research Data Challenges program is:

Problem based – generate specific target outcomes aligned with societal challenges and the ARDC’s objective to transform research through better data and tools.

National scale – deliver high-impact solutions that contribute to the development of a nationally coherent eResearch infrastructure environment.

Collaborative – build significant collaborative partnerships with stakeholders from governments, universities, publicly funded research agencies and industry to drive interoperability and share best practices.

Unique – fill strategic gaps in the research and operational environment, complement existing national initiatives, and focus on areas where leading edge digital capability can make a unique contribution.

Enduring – contribute to the long-term enhancement of translational research through the implementation of sustainable infrastructure.

Integrative – create holistic solutions by bringing together diverse data, tools, research, operations, domains, disciplines, jurisdictions and sectors.

Bushfire Data Challenges

The first Translational Research Data Challenge societal problem is ‘Disaster Resilience and Risk Reduction’, with an initial focus on ‘Bushfires’. Further information including the full program description and registration of interest are available on the Bushfire Data Challenges page.

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