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MDAP 2023 Collaborations EOIs open + register for an info session

We’re looking to help researchers explore innovative, tailored and/or end-to-end approaches to their data intensive or data informed research.

Collaborations can include data stewardship, wrangling, analysis, visualisation, access and much more. You may work in archeology, biosciences or economics. Your technical knowledge may be beginner, intermediate or advanced, and your idea may be challenging – but we want to hear from you.

Apply here

EOIs close at 11.59pm on Friday 30 September 2022

About the EOI process

The EOI form is a short introduction to your proposed research project. It contains areas for your contact details and faculty, a short description of your project and intended outcomes/outputs, a couple of questions on the stage of your project and any other info you want to provide in support of your EOI.

When you submit an EOI, it will go through a triage process, primarily to review if we will be able to help, or if your project is better suited to another area at UoM. If a full Collaboration is not appropriate, this is a great way to get the conversation started. If your project is a good fit, we will move to a formal application – more details below.

EOIs close at 11.59pm on Friday 30 September 2022

General info sessions

Not sure where to start, or have questions about the Collaborations EOI process? Come along to one of our online info sessions. We will go over general Collaborations info and the EOI process, a short case study on one of our existing Collaborations, followed by an informal Q and A.

Session 01

Tuesday 6 September
11am – 12pm
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Session 02

Monday 12 September
2pm – 3pm
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Session 03

Wednesday 21 September
12pm – 1pm
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Drop-in EOI application help and advice

Tuesday 27 September
1.30pm – 2.30pm
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  • Thursday 1 September – EOIs open
  • Friday 30 September – EOIs close
  • Monday 17 October – Formal applications open
  • Sunday 6 November – Formal applications close
  • Mid-December – Decisions announced
  • 2023 – Collaborations commence

Formal application process

After the EOI, we invite you to move to the formal application process, where we’ll ask additional details about your project, including:

  • Project aims
  • Co-investigators
  • Significance and research impact
  • Alignment to Advancing Melbourne and Faculty priorities and strategies
  • How you see MDAP contributing to the project
  • Proposed project timeline
  • The nature, access to and stage of readiness of your data – including legal, ethical or commercial sensitivities, and alignment with open / Fair data principles (where relevant)

Formal applications open 17 October and close 6 November. Decisions are expected mid-December, with Collaborations commencing in 2023.

More information

We encourage researchers from all faculties and schools to submit an EOI. We are also keen to chat to researchers that have work better suited to our short-term research or researcher-supported projects stream. If the collaboration EOI is not appropriate, this is a great way to get the conversation started.

Read the Faculty Supported Collaborations FAQ for info on selection criteria, eligibility, data and application questions.

Learn more about other Collaborations we’ve worked on

General info on engaging with MDAP

If you require any assistance preparing your EOI, please use our contact form and we would be happy to help.

Watch last year’s introduction to Collaborations video. This will give you a general idea of how the EOI and selection process works. Note minor date changes, i.e. EOIs are open 1-30 September this year.