The New Technology Proving capability in IMOS is an exciting opportunity to direct investment into piloting new technologies, methods, and approaches. In its second year IMOS will prioritise opportunities that can improve efficiency or effectiveness (in either equipment or software/data resources), fill existing gaps (e.g. biological observing), create impact and enhance our outputs. This includes the potential for products or software platforms that increase the uptake, use and applicability of existing IMOS data streams.
We maintain two important principles to guide our approach:
- Firstly, IMOS has adopted the global Framework for Ocean Observing including its concept of readiness levels. Projects funded under the New Technology Proving capability will be targeted at ‘Pilot’ readiness levels, with a view to successful pilots becoming ‘Mature’ over time. Projects at ‘Proof of Concept’ readiness levels are ineligible.
- Secondly, IMOS has decided to adopt a broad definition of ‘new technology', recognising that projects could include both hardware and software technologies, spanning from new equipment or sensors, through improved work flows, to new analysis techniques and products.
Proponents of EOIs are expected to have or obtain a sound understanding of IMOS, current status and future directions – see http://imos.org.au/. The IMOS Office is available to provide clarification as required.
Stage one EOIs are to be submitted via an online form which can be accessed here.
EOIs will be assessed by the IMOS Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) against the criteria set out below.
Anticipated timelines are:
- EOIs due Friday 24 April 2020
- Notification of EOI success mid-May
- Requested full proposals due Friday 26 June 2020
- Notification of success early August
- Anticipated project start date 1 September 2020
Projects can be proposed for up to two years in length, and up to a maximum value of $200K over the two years (excluding co-investment).
Projects funded under the IMOS New Technology Proving capability will be prioritised based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrable alignment with IMOS strategy and long-term planning, including a demonstration of need (use case) and capacity for impact (societal benefit)
- Potential to make IMOS more efficient, effective or fill a gap in observations
- Assessment of the technical readiness level (TRL) of the proposed new technology, method, or approach. IMOS is targeting ‘pilot’ TRLs 4 (trial), 5 (verification) and 6 (operational) per the Framework for Ocean Observing - see below.
- Evidence of user demand for the observations/data
- Explanation of potential for impact from the proposed project
- Feasibility of successfully implementing the project by leveraging the existing IMOS observing and data systems
- Plausibility of successfully achieving the objective of the project in the available time with the available resources
- Level of co-investment from partners involved in the project
Submissions of New Technology Proving Expressions of Interest can be made by the submission portal. Once EOI’s have been assessed by the Science and Technology Advisory Committee, applicants will be notified of the outcome.