Australian Research Council (ARC)

The ARC's mission is to deliver policy and programmes that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.

ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines, with the exception of clinical medicine and dentistry.

If you are considering applying for any of the ARC schemes, please contact the grants team in Research Services.


National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP)

The ARC is responsible for administering the National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP) which supports research across all disciplines.

The NCGP comprises two main elements - Discovery and Linkage - under which the ARC funds a range of complementary schemes to support researchers at different stages of their careers, build Australia's research capability, expand and enhance research networks and collaborations, and develop centres of research excellence.

ARC Discovery Programme is comprised of the following schemes:


Discovery Projects

The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams
  • encourage research and research training in high-quality research environments
  • enhance international collaboration in research
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities

Key dates
The following are the key round dates for ARC Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2019:

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open in RMS: 13 November 2017
  • Requests not to assess (Internal UNE deadline): 1  February 2018
  • Requests not to assess (External ARC deadline): 7 February 2018
  • ALL ROPE sections to be completed in RMS (Internal UNE deadline) before Christmas 2017
  • Full applications (Internal UNE deadline): 1 February 2018
  • Full applications (External ARC deadline): 21 February 2018 (note: UNE will submit applications to the ARC on 20 February)
  • Rejoinders Open: TBA
  • Rejoinders (Internal UNE deadline): TBA
  • Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): TBA
  • Announcement TBA

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Let the UNE grants team know as soon as possible that you wish to apply for an ARC Discovery Project.
  • Step 2: Join the une-research mailing list. Important announcements and UNE updates regarding the scheme will be sent via une-research.
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with the key ARC documentation.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC's Research Management System (RMS) (see below). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS 'Person Profile'.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS (allow a month for internal review and refinement).
  • Step 8: Submit the application to the Research Office for compliance checking (3 weeks before the due date):
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green 'validated' colouring of each Part).
    • Select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • Provide completed ARC/UNE Certification Proformas and, where relevant, Requests Not to Assess.
  • Step 9:  Research Office feedback provided (a compliance check).
  • Step 10: Final Submission by UNE PVCR to the ARC (2pm on the day before the ARC deadline).

UNE applicants may request access to previously successful Discovery Project applications. After your request is processed (please allow 24 hours), you will be able to login to the following secure site via your current UNE username and password: https://equella.une.edu.au/logon.do

Discovery Project Information Session

  • August 2017 (exact date to be advised)

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

In preparation for the next round of applications for DECRA for 2018 UNE is now calling for INTERNAL and EXTERNAL Expressions of Interest (EOI). This is Stage 1 of the DECRA application process at UNE. If you, or someone you know who is external to UNE, are interested in applying through UNE for a DECRA in 2018, an EOI application needs to be submitted.

UNE will only put forward DECRA applications which have been reviewed and approved as part of this initial selection process. The University is interested in putting forward the most competitive applications, and will strongly support up to 10 DECRA applications in the 2018 round (for funding commencing in 2019). Head of School Endorsement is key to the EOI process as the School must be able to commit resources to the DECRA project application.

For more information about the approval process please contact Dr Kath Dougall (kath.dougall@une.edu.au ext. 3262) in Research Services.

Closing dates:

  • INTERNAL DECRA EOIs due: 5pm Wednesday 9th August 2017
  • EXTERNAL DECRA EOIs due: 5pm Wednesday 4th October 2017

Internal DECRA EOI Application form

External DECRA EOI Application form


ARC Linkage Programme

The schemes in the Linkage Programme are:

Linkage Project Information Session:

  • To Be Advised

Research Management System (RMS) Information

  • RMS allows researchers requesting funding under the ARC National Competitive Grants Programme to prepare and submit proposals electronically via the internet.
  • Each proposal is completed by researchers and consists of an electronic document generated from a combination of data entered directly into the proposal form, and PDF documents attached to the proposal form in RMS 2.0.
  • ALL applicants named on any ARC application need an RMS Account.

ARC Rejoinders

ARC Reporting Requirements