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Storage and Compute Infrastructure Discovery Activities
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FAQs Register
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To ask a question please send an email to submissions@ardc.edu.au
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Who can apply?Any person or organisation who has an ABN and can sign a contract with ARDC can apply. However you will need to give some indication of your interest, expertise, and expertience in the relevant area.
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Are projects that test demand, interest, and need through exemplar solutions OK? Or is the program intended to fund consultations / surveys only? The sample questions often imply the latter but the background material around "technical analyses", "realistic solutions", and "meaningful outcomes" suggest the former.Yes, trying out exemplar solutions and reportng results is encouraged. However we also want to know about the broader context, e.g. who did you consult with about requirements, potential solutions, other approaches? What are the possible alternative solutions? Why did you decide to pick that solution to try?
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Is DAP/T5/P5 specifically about Multi-Factor Authentication or is it meant to be more broadly related to sensitive data and secure computing? The questions to be answered all relate to MFA.The overall question is more generally about authentication technogies (including MFA) in the context of sensistive data and secure computing, although some of the questions are specifically about MFA. It's not meant to cover broader aspects of how to deal with sensitive data and secure computing platforms to analyse such data, just issues of authentication.
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If a project is relevant under both "Storage and Compute" and "Data and Services", is there guidance on how to choose the best stream?No. You may submit related but complementary proposals (not overlapping, no double dipping) in each of the two themes. If so, you could mention that in your proposals, but it doesn't mean that if one is accepted then the other one will be.
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How the project outcomes should be presented?As specified in the call for proposals, the outcomes should be documented in a report, and also presented at an infrastructure summit to be held on 16-17 September. We may provide some guidelines on the structure of the report as part of the contract.
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If one is the recipient for existing NCRIS infrastructure funds, is one still eligible for these Data commons proposals / funding?Yes
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What are the eligible funding itemsWe don’t need a breakdown of what particular items the funds will be spent on, although you can provide one if you want. Essentially the projecting funding is up to $50K. We will need a proposal for what you are going to do and how much funding you would require to do it.
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Do we necessarily need to consult or involve others?The questions address issues that involve the broader research sector. This means that we are not necessarily interested in only what you are doing within your own organisation, but the community and national interests. We would like to see some sort of engagement or analysis of who you will be consulting in the sector to ensure we have a national view.
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Is it acceptable to address more than one question within a proposal?We are asking that applicants only address one question per proposal. It’s OK for a single organisation to submit multiple proposals, but each should only address one question.
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How open is the process going to be? Will the reports be published, how will the information be shared?You will need to present results at the summit in September. The results would need to be open and the expectation would be to make the reports open as well (to be confirmed) unless there was some sensitive information, which could be redacted in an open version of the report.
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Is it possible to see failed projects? So that we can open up conversations around mutual interests.We probably won’t share proposals outside ARDC due to privacy issues. But internally ARDC may be able to follow up separately with our partners.
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Is it okay to propose international views?Absolutely. A global and national perspective is welcomed.
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If you do not get proposals for one or two questions, would you consider approaching unsuccessful bids to see if they might address the question?If no one puts in an acceptable proposal for a question, then we would consider who we might directly approach. That may be someone who was unsuccessful (or successful) on a related question or in our broader community.
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Will the capital investment plan be only influenced by these projects, or are you taking into consideration other projects and activities.It will also be based on what we already know and what we are already doing. These discovery activities are mostly to inform new areas of work that ARDC wants to address in the future.
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If you can’t release the applications. It might be good to open up a register of who has applied for each question.There may be sensitivities around this. ARDC can have this discussion internally, but we also need to ensure that the applicants and out partners agree to have this information shared.
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Will the infrastructure summit be open to everyone?Yes, it will be open to everyone. A location hasn’t been decided upon yet. It is likely that the Compute and Storage summit and the Data and Services summit will be aligned.
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