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Request for Proposal - stage one now closed

NeCTAR's Request for Proposal stage one (now closed)

Please note: the information below ONLY applies to NeCTAR's stage one Request for Proposal (RFP) which closed on November 2, 2011. RFP stage two documentation is different. Please only use the information below as reference material and not as a guide to submitting a project proposal for stage two.

Download a watermarked PDF version of RFP Stage One

NeCTAR’s Request for Proposal (RFP) opened on September 20, 2011 and was the process by which the wider Australian research community was invited to apply for funding to build an aspect of one of NeCTAR’s four eResearch program areas. Proposals had to be submitted before 4pm AEST on November 2, 2011 via email to Click to read the RFP e-news which was released at the time.

Addenda for the RFP

The addenda form part of the RFP and are to be considered in your proposal.

Download the RFP addenda (updated 24 October 2011)

Questions & Answers (questions now closed)

Download a complete list of Briefing Session Q&As here. (updated 28 Oct 2011)

Briefing sessions around Australia (now finished)

To assist the Australian research community understand the Request for Proposal process, NeCTAR is conducting briefing sessions around Australia with the first session in Melbourne on Wednesday September 28. 

Call for nominations for NeCTAR's Expert Panels (now closed)

NeCTAR is calling for nominations for membership of NeCTAR's expert selection panels. Nominations are due by 9am AEDT Monday 7th November 2011. To download a form and nominate click here. The Expert Panels are charged with evaluation of proposals submitted to the NeCTAR Request For Proposals (RFP) and to recommend proposals for funding to the NeCTAR Project Board.

You need to register to download the full RFP pack in both PDF and Word documents. 

You can register here, or if you have previously registered, you can access your account from the login page.

Registration allows us to advise interested parties of updates or changes – which might be critical to the proposal. The RFP will outline what you need to do to submit your project proposal.

A watermarked PDF version of the RFP is available and openly accessible.

RFP points of interest

The RFP is divided into four section areas:

Section A: a general overview as to the terms and conditions. It applies to everyone and explains the four program areas of NeCTAR.
Section B: gives specific details as to the technical parameters, processes and requirements of each of NeCTAR’s four program areas, such as the technical specifications of Virtual Laboratories.
Section C: is a template of the contract you will be required to sign, if your project proposal is successful.
Section D: is very important, as every proposal submitted, MUST, answer every question in Section D. Before you submit your proposal make sure you have answered all of the questions in Section D. 

What should you do now?

Speak to your research communities, eResearch organisations and software support experts and determine what is possible. Collaborate and determine what proposal you may submit.

Refer to for NeCTAR’s Final Project Plan which provides more information on the NeCTAR Project and Programs.

Take a look at NeCTAR’s survey results to see some of the potential proposals. You might consider collaboration, or submitting your own proposal. Talk to your institution or organisation’s eResearch or Research Computing contacts or the regional eResearch support organisations such as eResearch SA, Intersect, iVEC, QCIF, TPAC, VeRSI or VPAC. Many of these organisations were actively involved in NeCTAR's consultations, technical workshops and Town Hall presentations, which took place over the past 12 months.