RDS is pleased to announce the awarding of $2.1m in competitive grant funding for activities building on the work completed in the existing research community and flagship projects.
The purpose of this funding is to consolidate the sustainability, support, and service aspects of projects which have been resourced through the previous rounds of RDS research domain project funding.
"In this period of funding uncertainty it's critical for our projects to be able to demonstrate a tight and enduring relationship with the communities they service as well as to develop sustainable operational models allowing them to provide benefits into the future, regardless of the structure of overall funding organisations." said RDS Director, Ian Duncan.
Examples of activities the projects have been asked to address include:
assisting in increased engagement with existing or new communities to embed developed tools and services, or
where a project already has strong engagement and community support, implementing additional tools and services to extend the breadth and depth of service to users.
New for this funding round will be a requirement for projects to report against performance indicators stipulated by the project as well as demonstrating complementary alignments with projects funded by our colleague projects ANDS and Nectar.
Indicators may include, but are not limited to:
infrastructure use and other output measures
impact, including outreach, industry and international engagement and where appropriate commercial outcomes
Applications were evaluated against the following criteria:
Link to strategic imperatives of consolidation and sustainability
Active community engagement
Broad awareness of the project and its benefits across eResearch communities
Existing project delivered the anticipated results
Additional activity will develop clearly defined and sustainable improvements
Demonstrated alignment and collaboration with Nectar and ANDS project activities
For more information on the community research projects, click here.