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ARC National Competitive Grants Program


The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency within the Australian Government. Its mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.

The ARC requires that researchers submit their applications for consideration via their institution's research office - at UniSA, this is the Office of Research and Innovation Services.

Please use the following links to access information on currently operating ARC Funding Scheme


Applications open in RMS

Internal application review window opens

Internal  application review deadline

Applications close

Aim of scheme

Australian Laureate Fellowships

27 September 2017

5 October 2017


19 October 2017

9 November 2017

Open to applications from outstanding researchers of international reputation.  It provides project funding in addition to a salary supplement and salary-related (on-cost) support. Fellows must play a leadership and mentoring role in building Australia's international competitive research capacity. more information

Discovery Projects 2019

13 November 2017

17 January 2018

31 January 2018

21 February 2018

The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams. more information

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2019

8 January 2018

7 February 2018

21 February 2018

14 March 2018

The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The DECRA scheme will provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. more information  

Discovery Indigenous

21 November 2017

21 February 2018

7 March 2018

28 March 2018

The objectives of the Discovery Indigenous scheme are to:
develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers; support fundamental research and research training by Indigenous Australian researchers as individuals and as teams; support and retain established Indigenous Australian researchers in Australian higher education institutions; and expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability. more information.

Future Fellowships 2018

3 October 2017


18 October 2017

1 November 2017

22 November 2017

Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian and international mid-career researchers.  more information

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

22 January 2018

7 March 2018

14 March 2018

28 March 2018

Provides funding for large-scale cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared by partnered organisations. more information

Linkage Project



Ongoing - Last day in 2017 to submit to RIS is 27 November 2017

The last day for submitting proposals under the 2017 round of the Linkage Projects scheme is 19 December 2017

The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation. more information

Centres of Excellence 2020 - Expressions of Interest 

14 May 2018



20 June 2018

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers collaboratively maintain and develop Australia's international standing in research areas of national priority. more information

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

3 October 2017

8 November 2017

18 November 2017

29 November 2017

Funding to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities. more information

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

3 October 2017

8 November 2017

18 November 2017

29 November 2017

Fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training. more information

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