Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program - Stage Two Funding

Critical Dates

Category One – 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 Two – Requests for additional support

Applications for MCRIP Stage Two funding will be accepted both with and independent of a Category One application. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis from 8 August 2016. An application template for Category Two funding is available here.

Category Three – New platform requests

Applications for establishment of new platforms will be evaluated biannually. For the current calendar year, applications will be accepted for a mid-year round until 11 May 2017, and for an end-of-year round until 10 Nov 2017. As part of the application process, applicants are required to present an overview of the proposed platform at the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Committee (MCRIC) meeting in which their application is evaluated; for the current year, these dates are 8 June 2017, and 8 Dec 2017. An application template for Category Three funding is available here. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from RIC Major Initiatives during application development.


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 fits the list of criteria listed above.


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

  • Category One - Existing platforms seeking continuation of support; no co-investment required
  • Category Two - Existing platforms requesting additional technical support; co-investment required
  • Category Three - 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. The list of existing MCRIP-funded platforms can be obtained here.

How to apply

  1. Review the Guidelines for applicants

    Please consult with 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 No hard copies required.

Supporting documents


Queries should be directed to the Major Initiatives team:

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