Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program - Stage Two Funding

Critical Dates

Category 1 – Existing platforms

RIC Major Initiatives will work with Platform Managers and Academic Convenors to plan the application development timeframe, taking into consideration the finalisation of Stage One funding arrangements and continuity of support for the platform. Existing MCRIP-funded platforms that have not recently been in contact with RIC Major Initiatives regarding a transition plan to MCRIP Stage Two funding should do so as soon as practicable. An application template for Category One funding is available here.

Category 2 – Requests for additional support

The Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Committee is not currently accepting Category 2 applications. This will be reviewed in early 2018 and the website will be updated when application open.

Category 3 – New platform requests

The Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Committee is not currently accepting Category 3 applications. This will be reviewed in early 2018 and the website will be updated when applications open.

Overview

Within the research infrastructure landscape of the University of Melbourne, Collaborative Research Infrastructure represents those with sufficient critical mass and cross-faculty researcher utilisation. Much of the University's Collaborative Research Infrastructure is coordinated into platform technology facilities or dedicated support services, representing discrete infrastructure capabilities. The Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP) aims to enhance existing platforms and facilitate establishment of new platforms that fit the criteria of Collaborative Research Infrastructure, specifically addressing:

  • technical expertise and continuous learning
  • researcher access to capabilities, both from academia and industry
  • quality assurance
  • information management towards evidence-based decision making
  • efficiency and avoidance of duplication
  • long-term operational sustainability
  • precinct partnerships to maximise opportunities.

MCRIP Stage One provided funding for technical staff within platforms, based on merit and assessed via a submitted business plan. The funds allocated to MCRIP Stage One have been fully committed, currently supporting 13 platforms within the University. MCRIP Stage Two funding aims to support both new and existing eligible platforms that fit the list of criteria listed above.

Funding

Under MCRIP Stage Two, three categories of funding are available:

  • Category 1 - Existing platforms seeking continuation of support; no co-investment required
  • Category 2 - Existing platforms requesting additional technical support; co-investment required
  • Category 3 - New platform activities seeking support; co-investment required

For the purpose of MCRIP Stage Two application, the term ‘existing platforms’ applies to those platforms funded as part of MCRIP Stage One while ‘new platform activity’ applies to any platform activity, existing or new, that is not currently supported through MCRIP.

Eligibility

The Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Committee is currently only considering applications for MCRIP Stage Two funding from platforms that were funded in Stage One. The list of platforms funded in Stage One can be obtained here.

How to apply

  1. Review the Funding Rules and Instructions for Applicants

    Please consult with ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au as early as possible if you are planning on submitting an application.

  2. Complete the relevant application template (see supporting documents)

  3. Save the completed application

    All applications should be saved as a single pdf file and named in the following relevant format: [PLATFORM]-MCRIP Stage Two Category One/Two/Three Application -2016

  4. Submit the application to RIC

    All final applications must be submitted to ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au. No hard copies required.

Supporting documents

Contacts

Queries should be directed to the Major Initiatives team:  

ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au.

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