We encourage researchers across the University to engage with us at any stage of their research project through one or more of the following engagement avenues and funding arrangements.

Research collaborations

Research projects lasting at least 3 months with full or part-time commitment from the MDAP team. There are two main ways to work with us here.

Faculty supported collaborations

Annual competitive round opens in September for collaborations to start the following year.

Researcher funded engagements

MDAP staff can be engaged on a salary cost-recovery secondment model, or a team of data specialists can be engaged at Academic Level C1 rates.

Researcher-funded engagements FAQs

For more information, read the FAQs then get in touch via the form below.

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Quick consultations, advice and short projects

Working effectively with data can be complex, and it’s easy to get stuck. We offer consultancy, expert advice, advocacy and involvement in shorter term research projects – whether you are planning a new project, deep within it, or wrapping up.

Depending on requirements and availability, we can provide hands-on assistance with small parts of your data-intensive project, either for free or at cost-recovery rates.  

Faculty supported

Depending on capacity and capability, we can either help or redirect you to someone who can, including the Melbourne Coder Network.

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Researcher funded

If you have research funding, you could consider paying for an engagement at cost-recovery rates (see above).

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More about engagement types

Research collaborations

A significant fraction of MDAP is devoted to faculty-funded research collaborations. Once a year we run an open, merit-based based allocation scheme. Researchers can engage with us for 3 to 9 months with costs covered by their faculty. 

For more info, watch our Introduction to Collaborations video or visit Faculty Supported Collaborations FAQs.

Researcher-funded engagements

We are available year-round to work with you on researcher-funded projects. There’s two main ways to do this: 

  • You can engage individual MDAP staff through secondments, charged at a salary cost-recovery rate.  
  • MDAP can assemble a multi-disciplinary team of data specialists to collaborate on any research topic, charged at Academic Level C1 rates. 

There are no set limits on the timing or length of funded engagements, subject to staff availability.  

For more information visit Researcher-funded Engagements FAQs.


If we don’t have the expertise on hand, we can redirect to other individuals, groups and services across the University who may be able to help. For example the Melbourne Centre for Data Science, Research Computing Services, Digital Skills Training and the Melbourne Coder Network.