Brief overview

The Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) program [PDF, 243 KB] seeks to create a distributed data asset from the data outputs of health research projects (explicitly but not exclusively from the NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies - CTCS - program). This asset is designed to support further research, meta-analysis, and clinical guideline development. 

To realise a health studies data commons, the program will have three streams. The first stream, the data development stream, is to capture initial consensus around the nature of the national data asset. This might include looking at data standards and quality, expectations around the nature and accessibility of data "outputs" of health research projects.

The next two streams of the program are around developing:

  •  a coherent distributed infrastructure
  • culture and policy to address some of the broader enablers and obstacles of the technology and infrastructure initiative.

The data development stream provides an opportunity for interested parties to help define and co-design a national data asset. The ARDC is calling for expressions of interest (EoI) [PDF, 287 KB] to participate in the first stage of the data development stream  This is only one of three streams in the program and participation in this stream is not a prerequisite for participation in future streams. 

Please complete the EoI form below if you are interested in helping to develop a national data asset.

Expression of Interest

The ARDC is seeking EoIs for the initial data development phase from:

  • participants - are interested individuals who want to register as members of the project and are contactable (when appropriate). Participation is on a voluntary basis.
  • contributors / editors - are experts (individuals) with experience in documenting data standards and requirements analysis. A modest stipend (a flat $7K) will be paid to defray time and expenses during the six month project phase and to secure allocation of time.  
  • data development project management organisations - are organisations with an ABN or equivalent who can contract with the ARDC to design and manage this data development phase as a project.  The organisation should have a national profile and national trust; their expertise in data development and neutral participation should confer confidence in the process. 

The EoI is open on 29 November 2019 and closes 8:00pm AEDT Tuesday 28 January 2020. Submit your EoI by reviewing the documentation [PDF, 287 KB] and then completing the form below.

If you require further information regarding the process, please contact us.

  • Proposers must ensure that they have read and understood all of the RFP document, that all questions in the online form are completed, and the Budget and Milestone breakdown spreadsheet has been attached.

    [Selection criteria relevant to the question are provided in square brackets]
  • 1. Project Title

  • 2. Executive Summary

  • Summarise the proposed project and expected outcomes.
  • 3. Field of Research Code(s)

  • High level FOR code(s) for area(s) of research who will be able to use the proposed Platform
    [I3 - The proposal will be relevant to and usable by a large number of researchers, preferably across multiple disciplines]
  • 4. Proposal Lead

  • 5. Collaboration

  • Include all organisations that are involved in putting this Proposal together.
    [P1 - The Proposal is supported by a broad group of collaboration partners, who represent a wide range of the Platform’s intended research community]
  • NameGroup/DeptOrgEmail 
  • Did the EOI process lead to any (extra) collaborations?
  • 6. Funding

  • ARDC co-investment

    What is the annual co-investment requested from ARDC? (only provide numbers for each calendar year that the project will run - leave blank otherwise)
    [S4 - The project budget is well-described, and provides good value for money]
  • Partner co-investment

    What is the total amount of co-investment to be provided by project partners?
    [S5 - The level of Partner co-investment is at least 1:1 (Mandatory)]
  • 7. Research Community

  • Target research community

    What is the target research community (i.e. who will be able to use the proposed Platform)?

    What is the estimated size of this research community in users, and what proportion of the community are potential and/or expected users of the Platform?
    Provide evidence of your answer (e.g. if there is an existing Service or Platform, how many users does it have?).
    [I3 - The Platform will be relevant to and usable by a large number of researchers, preferably across multiple disciplines]
  • 8. National Science and Research Priorities

  • Which of the National Science and Research Priorities (NSRPs) will this Platform support?
    [I1 - The Platform provides clearly demonstrated support for broad areas of research in one or more NSRPs]
    (choose all that are relevant):
  • 9. National Research Infrastructure Focus Areas

  • Which of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap focus areas will this Platform support?
    [I2 - The Platform provides clearly demonstrated support for broad areas of research in one or more NRI focus areas]
    (choose all that are relevant):
  • 10. Transformation

  • Demonstrate how the proposed Platform is transformative (i.e. will it enable new kinds of research, or the answering of research questions that couldn’t previously be answered, and/or will it accelerate research outcomes?) and provide evidence where possible.
    [I4 - The Platform supports a transformation to enable new kinds of research, or answer research questions that couldn’t previously be answered.
    I5 - The Platform has the capability to accelerate research (i.e. decreases the time taken to do a type of research or answer a research question)]

  • 11. Developing the Platform

  • Describe how you will adopt, adapt and build technologies, applications, tools, methodologies, approaches and/or platforms in your proposed Project.
    • For Adopt - Include detail on why the chosen elements are good targets for reuse in this project
    • For Adapt - Include detail on effort required to make the chosen elements reuseable for the proposal, and whether this is applicable to other potential reusers
    • For Build - If this is part of the project, must explain why this is necessary and include detail on how potential reuse will be considered in work undertaken
    Also explain what components of the project will be reusable by others, and include the proportion of total effort/funding required for this.
    [S1 - The Proposal preferences Adopting technological solutions over Adapting, with Building new technologies/components as a last resort,
    S3 - The Platform (as a whole) or components of the Platform will be reusable outside the initial research community at the end of the project]

  • 12. Dependencies

  • List any dependencies between your proposal and other projects that are subject to competitive funding (including in this Platforms Open Call). What is your contingency approach if these other projects are not funded or need to conclude?
  • 13. Sustainability

  • What will be the ongoing operation and maintenance requirements and how will these be met?
    Particular elements you might wish to address include:
    • which components of the overall platform are tied to enduring organisations?
    • how will any key data assets be preserved should the platform cease to continue?
    • Can parts of the platform continue to be used in the absence of others?
    • Is there (or will there be by project end) a community or organisation committed to the use and maintenance of the service provided by the platform?
    • What is the longer term commitment (expressed as in-kind investment and statements of commitment) from the organisations involved to sustain the platform at project end (letters of support can be attached at the end of this form)?
    [S2 - The operation and maintenance of the Platform will be sustainable at the end of the project]
  • 14. Project Governance

  • Describe your proposed Project Governance structure, and Project Management approach
    [P2 - The Proposer’s ability to deliver the project is clearly demonstrated, with well articulated milestones and deliverables assigned to appropriate Partners, and appropriate project management methodology and governance structure described.]
  • 15. Budget and Milestone breakdown

  • Using the template provided here (NOTE: this has two sheets, one for budget, one for milestones), provide:

    • A proposed breakdown of the project budget, over the proposed length of project. Include proposed roles; where actual individuals have not been allocated to the project, use a role name and Full Time Equivalents (FTE). Each individual or FTE role is to be included as a separate line item.
    • A Milestone and Deliverable breakdown, with associated budgets. The milestones shown in the template are required, others may be added to suit the needs of the project.

    [S4 - The project budget is well-described, and provides good value for money]
    [P2 - The Proposer’s ability to deliver the project is clearly demonstrated, with well articulated milestones and deliverables assigned to appropriate Partners, and appropriate project management and governance structures described.]

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  • Letters of Support (optional)

    You may optionally add letters of support here.
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  • Terms

  • The Proposer must inform the ARDC promptly in writing of any material change to any of the information contained in their submitted Proposal, and of any material change in circumstance that may affect the truth, completeness or accuracy of any of the information provided in, or in connection with the Proposal. By lodging a Proposal, Proposers acknowledge and agree that:
    • to the maximum extent permitted by law, neither the ARDC nor its employees, advisers or agents will in any way be liable to any person or entity for any cost, expense, loss, claim or damage arising out of or in connection with this RFP;
    • they have not relied on any express or implied warranty or representation made by or on behalf of the ARDC other than as expressly contained in this RFP or an addendum to this RFP;
    • they have not received improper assistance from any staff member of the ARDC;
    • ARDC may alter this RFP, including its specifications / requirements, structure and timing, at any time and for any reason;
    • they have not colluded with other organisations to inflate funding estimates;
    • they understand that proposals will be treated as confidential by ARDC and that ARDC will not disclose Proposal contents and Proposal information, except:
      • as required by law (including, for the avoidance of doubt, as required under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic) (FOI Act));
      • for the purpose of investigations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission or other government authorities having relevant jurisdiction;
      • to external consultants and advisers of ARDC engaged to assist with the Proposal Selection Process;
      • to the Department of Education and Training, at their request and if required, to enable transparency and accountability; and/or
      • general information from Proposers required to be disclosed by government policy and as part of the RFP approval process.

    Do you agree to these terms?