MATES in Construction will participate in projects either as instigator or major / participating partner where such project align with the organisations strategic priorities and where the project falls within the research themes and priorities identified by the MATES in Construction Academic Reference Group.

To submit research proposals to MATES in Construction please familiarise yourself with the strategic priorities and use the form provided below.

1. Translation of MATES to different contexts and how it works with different groups
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Cultural groups / ethnicity – ABSTI
  • Industries – Mining, Farming
  • Locations – Countries, Regional, Rural, Urban, Communities
2. Evaluation of the program and standardised set of data gathering instuments
  • Development of key outcomes (eg., suicide ideation, psychological distress, suicide attempt / self-harm, productivity outcomes)
  • Ensure comparable data collection instruments are used  (cross-site comparisons)
  • Promote the use of strong research designs and methodologies in research studies
3. Relevance to policy makers and industry
  • Use of aggregated MATES evidence of policy change and change within industries
  • Ascertain support from key leaders in the field (eg., academia, industry, policy)
  • Return on Investment needed to build the respect for research evidence, emphasise social license and responsibility to the community, work and safety legislation
4. Promote MATES and related interventions at wider community level
  • Ensure that MATES research fits with political research agenda
  • Promote MATES to potential partners and funders – including industry, government and community
5. Shared research knowledge and idea's regarding work/industry suicide prevention
  • Suicide prevention male dominated industries
  • Collaborative projects and grants
  • More research on risk factors and protective factors (eg., work related risk factors)
6. Secondary or collateral effects spreading from person to person following MIC training
  • Supervisor and employee interaction and support (collegiality)
  • Secondary workplace outcomes as working conditions (whether working conditions and civility improve following MIC training)

Assessment Procedures for potential MATES research projects and tenders

For stage 1 and 2 proposals
  • All state 1 proposals to be sent to National CEO via email (Jorgen Gullestrup)
  • National CEO will circulate proposal to Academic Reference Group for comment
  • National CEO will discuss the proposal with the national Academic Director and decide whether it is suitable for further consideration by MATES, and/or whether stage 2 is needed
  • Stage 2 proposals are those that require significant commitment from MIC (eg., involvement of staff time, infrastructure, requests for money, responses to tenders).
For stage 2 proposals
  • If stage 2 is deemed necessary, National CEO will contact the Academic Reference Group and ask for an independent review of the proposal
  • The reviewers will provide feedback to the National CEO and the National Academic Director
  • Based on the reviews and the comments from the Academic Reference Group, a decision about MATES involvement will be made by the CEO with advice from the National Academic Director and National Board.
  • The National CEO will inform the team who submitted a proposal of the outcome
  • Feedback provided in 8 week period.
Proposal Submission form

First Name & Surname:



Project Name:

Relevant Institutes: (one per line)

Partnership Details: (name relevant skills of the applicant. 200 words)

Why is your project relevant to MATES (To Strategic Goals. 200 words.) Only projects that can show relevance to one or more MATES strategic goals will be considered

Project Summary (including aim, method, and expected outcomes. 500 words)