Engaging with MDAP

We offer two primary streams of engagement:

    1. Collaborations: an allocation scheme for formal collaborative research projects lasting at least three months, with open calls occurring annually in September. For more information, please review answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.
    2. Consultancy, expert advice, advocacy and involvement in shorter term research projects. We encourage anyone who is interested in this stream of engagement to contact us anytime via

Call for new 2022 MDAP Collaborations

We are calling out to researchers from all Faculties across the University to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for collaborative, data-intensive projects.

Collaborations with us should

  • Have an anticipated duration of three to nine months;
  • Be of strategic value to the University, aligning with its research strategy, increasing future research capabilities, and leading to the development of novel tools and techniques that can be applied to other projects and domains;
  • Require expertise and/or infrastructure that cannot be sourced from existing University Services or platforms; and
  • Align with MDAP team capabilities.

Applications will follow a two-stage process, consisting of a short expression of interest followed by a formal proposal. Collaborations will be ranked based on merit by a Resource Allocation Committee made up of academics from a diverse cross-section of University disciplines. The selection criteria used to prioritise collaborations can be found below.

The timeline for this round of EOIs and subsequent applications is:

EOIs open: Friday 3 September 2021
EOIs close: Sunday 3 October 2021, 11:59pm Now extended to Friday 8 October, 5pm
Applications open: Thursday 14 October 2021
Applications close: Sunday 7 November 2021, 11:59pm

To apply, fill out the EOI form below. We will get in touch regarding the suitability of your project prior to the opening of full applications.

If you have any questions, please consult our FAQs and/or contact us at


Evaluation Criteria

Research collaborations will be evaluated on these criteria, on a scale from 0 to 10 (low to high score):

  • Strategic value for the University (for example, but not prescriptive: building new transdisciplinary links, strengthening an emerging area, communicating research impact).
  • Strategic value for the research group, including capability development (for example, but not prescriptive: training ECRs/junior staff, gathering pilot data for grant submissions, producing open source software/tools).
  • Alignment with MDAP capability.
  • Likelihood of producing stated outcomes within timeframe.