Grains Research Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT.

Global and domestic factors constraining large scale data analytics for Australian grains research

Important dates

Opportunity ID
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 6PM (in Canberra)
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 6PM (in Canberra)
Tuesday 15 May 2018


Write a summary of your brief

Data analysts and high-performance computing are valuable resources globally and across all industry sectors. The Australian grains research community is competing for access to these resources. Vast volumes of data are being generated, but without access to data analysts and processing resources, full and timely benefit cannot be extracted.

What is the latest start date?
How long is the contract?

Final report within 3 months of commencement.

Where can the work take place?
Who will the specialist work for?
Grains Research Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT.
Budget range


About the work

Why is the work being done?

Large scale data analytics will become increasingly important for Australian grains industry research and development. GRDC desires a deeper understanding of both current and future factors, both global and domestic likely to negatively impact grains related R&D.

What's the key problem you need to solve?

Ensuring supply of data analytics resources for Australian grains research is sufficient to meet demand, and maximum benefits are derived.

Describe the users and their needs


What work has already been done?

Who will the work be done with?

A range of GRDC staff working on R&D investments requiring access to data-analytics resources.

Any additional relevant information?

Whilst CV's may be attached to proposals, responses composed fundamentally of CV's alone will not be considered.

What phase is the work in?

Work setup

Where will the work take place?

Workshopping, engagement and presentations will take place in GRDC's Canberra office at 4 National Circuit in Barton. Other review activities can take place off-site, or at GRDC's offices in Melbourne, Toowoomba, Perth or Adelaide if beneficial.

What are the working arrangements?

Flexible. Working arrangements will be optimised to ensure quality and minimise the effort and duration of the engagement. Options will be discussed and final arrangements agreed at the initial workshop.

Is security clearance required?

Not required

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate sellers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Ability to quickly undertake and/or synthesise insightful analysis
  • Excellent writing, reporting and presentation skills
  • Previous experience working for or within the grains industry
  • Demonstrated experience in 1 or more of the following areas of expertise:
  • a. Data analytics, data science and/or data management
  • b. Emerging technologies and/or digital disruption
  • c. Business strategy and change
  • d. Economics, particularly deep awareness of supply chain mechanics
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Deep knowledge of the R&D sector

How sellers will be evaluated

How many shortlisted sellers will you evaluate?
Proposal criteria
  • Collective depth and breadth of skills and experience of the proposed team
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the approach or solution meets the organisation’s policy or goal
  • Estimated timeframes for the work
  • Value for money
Cultural fit criteria
All team members are expected to model professional behaviours consistent with the APS code of conduct.
Payment approach
Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

Cultural fit


Seller questions

Seller questions
Seller question Buyer answer
1. What platforms and formats is data currently stored in, and what format / technology stack would be a desired storage solution? There are hundreds of platforms and formats used across the grains research industry. However, this is not a technology implementation engagement.
2. Would the buyer be in a position to share some generic examples of the sort of stakeholder requirements and questions that data would be asked to address? Data is used to answer many grains research questions across the grains industry. There is no such thing as a generic example.
3. Would the data that is currently being produced be described as structured or unstructured? Would there be an expectation that management and custodianship of the data be included in the vendor's ongoing responsibilities? Structured and unstructured. There is no expectation of management and custodianship as this is not a technology implementation engagement.
4. Is prior or current experience in the Australian grains industry a prerequisite to vendors responding to this brief? The GRDC has a strong preference to work with providers who already have sound knowledge of the Australian grains industry. However, a lack of experience in this regard would not automatically disqualify a vendor if the remainder of their claims against the criteria are strong.
5. How mature is the GDRC's understanding of the problem (i.e. has end-to-end user experience been documented or business process maps developed)? As an estimation, what proportion of the discovery phase will need to be allocated to defining the problem? There isn’t necessarily a problem, and GRDC’s understanding isn’t fixed or complete, hence the requirement. This work is about identifying factors (if any) that may be preventing the use of large scale data analytics across a whole Australian industry, and therefore not about an end-user experience or a business process. This work is about objectively determining whether there are issues requiring strategic intervention, and to inform future investment in the industry.
6. At what point of the investment life-cycle are data sources identified? Who are they identified by? Is there a resource library or data catalogue? Are existing data access arrangements clearly defined? The Australian grains industry consists of thousands of stakeholders including growers, research institutions, financial institutions, data analysts, scientists, representative groups, government, investors etc. They all have their own business cycles, resource libraries, data catalogues and data access arrangements.
7. Do you intend to apply the DTA's Digital Service Standard to resourcing large scale analytics for grains research? No. The question is not relevant as data analytics projects, solutions and/or service offerings are not outputs nor outcomes of this work.
8. At what point of the investment life-cycle is research commissioned? How are suitable researchers identified and selected? Are there existing co-design processes between grain growers and researchers. If so, at what point in the life-cycle does collaboration commence (i.e. prior to or post investment decision)? These questions are not relevant to the requirement.
9. Would GDRC be open to trialling different approaches to commissioning analytics products during discovery? No.

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