Building the national infrastructure for health research data sharing and collaboration.

HeSANDA Infrastructure Development is one of three major work streams in the Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) program and will deliver the infrastructure to enable the creation of a national health data asset. HeSANDA Infrastructure Development will adopt a co-creation approach. ARDC will facilitate collaborative partnerships between research institutions, organisations, and other relevant stakeholders involved in clinical trials research. Full details can be found in the HeSANDA Infrastructure Development background document and you can watch a recording of the information session. To participate in this opportunity, please complete the Registration of Interest form.


The HeSANDA Infrastructure Development work stream is a collaborative process. Participants are not competing on distinctive ideas, but rather collaborating together to build a set of compatible nodes within a federated national initiative. The open call for Infrastructure Development will take a three stage approach:

  1. Registration of interest
  2. Node facilitation
  3. Proposal submission

Registration of interest phase

Organisations can register their interest and nominate any partner organisations they will work with to establish a potential HeSANDA node.

Node facilitation phase

ARDC will arrange facilitation meetings with organisations who have registered their interest to investigate potential node configurations and optimisation.

Proposal submission

Participants in the facilitation phase will be invited to submit a proposal. The proposal submission will be a lightweight process to document the scope and coverage of the proposed node.

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The table below provides an indicative time frame for these activities. Please note  the ongoing impact of COVID-19 may result in significant changes over time.

Information session17 February 2021
Registrations of interestMarch 2021
Facilitation of nodesApril 2021
Submission of proposalsMay 2021
Confirmation of successful node proposals June 2021
Co-design of information and functional requirementsJuly 2021 - November 2021
Distributed infrastructure build phaseDecember 2021 - June 2023


This call is for organisations to be HeSANDA nodes. HeSANDA nodes will provide the following functions:

  • Enable access to clinical trials data
  • Hold data from completed trials (unless prohibited by regulatory compliance)
  • Provide descriptions of that data (descriptive metadata) using standard
    • structure
    • semantics
    • transfer protocols
  • Support common access arrangements to the data
  • Support common request and reporting processes


Nodes will need to contribute:

  • Data from nominated clinical trials
  • Design and development of HeSANDA infrastructure
  • Ongoing operation of HeSANDA infrastructure


The ARDC proposes to provide co-investment up to $3m in total to establish 10-15 HeSANDA infrastructure nodes.

The ARDC recognises that the COVID-19 situation has placed financial constraints on many organisations, which are restricting the funds available for infrastructure projects. To assist in the continued development of e-research infrastructure, 1:1 matching co-investment will not be mandatory for this open call; however, the level of co-investment will form part of the Proposal evaluation criteria.

The Infrastructure Development phase will begin mid-2021 and be completed over a two year period. The new digital infrastructure will be maintained on an ongoing basis by the project partners following the formal project phase.


Registrations of Interest will be accepted from Australian organisations including public and private sector, research institutions (such as universities, publicly funded research agencies, and medical research institutes), and other relevant stakeholders.

Proposals will be accepted only from groups or networks of organisations who together can propose a considerable node.

Note that the ARDC will need to contract with a legal entity.