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 twice yearly. For more information, please review answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.
    2. Consultancy, expert advice, advocacy and involvement in shorter term research projects. You can email us at to discuss how MDAP can work with you on your collaborative, data-intensive project.

2021 MDAP collaborations

Expressions of interest are now closed for the 2021A round of collaborations. Proposed collaborations should:

  • Have an anticipated duration of three to six 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 available 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: Monday 26 October 2020
EOIs close: Sunday 15 November 2020, 11:59pm
Applications open: Thursday 26 November 2020
Applications close: Friday 18 December 2020, 11:59pm

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/staff, gathering pilot data for grant submissions, producing open source software/tools).

  • Alignment with MDAP capability.
  • Likelihood of producing stated outcomes within timeframe.