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ThetaX grand challenges
- Length 3 year projects
- Challenge budget $150,000 - $300,000 per year (50% CTDS, 50% faculty)
- Required support Matched faculty funding of $75,000-$150,000 per year. 0.2FTE of the challenge leader's time.
We cut across fields from health to geology and autonomous systems and host experts from across a diverse range of disciplines from within and outside the University.
Our team apply innovation and translation to foundational data science principles to develop ground-breaking solutions to real world problems which have a positive impact on science, society and the economy.
CTDS has launched an expression of interest for data science grand challenges. These data science challenges are to undertake innovative and transformational research that aims to achieve international standing in data science as well as address a significant Australian and global societal issue. The aim of the challenges is to leverage existing strengths within the University to build capacity for interdisciplinary and collaborative research, as well as build new networks with major national and international institutions to gain recognition for Sydney University’s research.
1. Quality & innovation of the research (40%)
The challenge should address a major societal issue but also contribute substantially to new theory & methods in the emerging discipline of data science. It will build effective collaboration & critical mass across a group of researchers within the university & establish high quality national & international partnerships, exchanges & networks.
2. Quality & diversity of the investigators (20%)
Demonstration of appropriate capability, capacity, & commitment of the lead investigator & team to the proposed challenge. Investigators should be suitable for & relevant to the delivery of the proposed research. The team should also be diverse in terms of career stage, gender & domain.
3. Alignment with Faculty & University strategy (20%)
The proposed research should be aligned to the focus & strategic direction of the faculties to which the investigators belong & to the University as a whole. There must be a commitment from the faculty of the lead investigator to support that individual to become a ThetaX Challenge Leader for a 0.20 FTE role. The investigator will sit on the executive board of CTDS. In addition, the faculties of the investigators must agree to match funding from CTDS with a minimum of $75,000 & a maximum of $150,000 per year, for three years.
4. Feasibility (10%)
The proposal should demonstrate that the challenge has the capacity to be self-funding at the end of the three-year period & provide detail on the means by which this will be achieved. The proposal must demonstrate that the level of funding requested is sufficient, & the team of investigators is appropriate for the delivery of the research program.
5. Benefit (10%)
The proposal should describe the extent to which the challenge delivers a benefit to the University of Sydney & how the translation of outcomes arising from the challenge will impact the wider community, through knowledge transfer, development of a culture of collaboration & innovation.
Theta denotes the unknown; x is the data
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