Australian Research Council (ARC) Schemes


Expression of Interest Process

An Expression of Interest (EoI) process has been implemented for the ARC Discovery, DECRA, Linkage and Future Fellowships schemes. The purpose of this EoI process is to ensure applicants are provided with the best possible support, to maximise the University's success and reputation in major competitive rounds, and to ensure that only high quality proposals are submitted. The EoI process will examine criteria such as:

  • Excitement, rigour and innovation of the proposed project
  • Publication intensity, citation analyses and academic impact in the field – track record
  • Capability and experience of the applicant
  • Supportive research environment
  • Alignment with University research strengths and themes

For further information, please see Grant Development Support Process (opens in a new window)

Application Submission

The Australian Research Council (ARC) (opens in a new window) funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP) as part of its commitment to nurturing the creative abilities and skills of Australia's most promising researchers. Applications for funding must be submitted online using the ARC's Research Management System (RMS) (opens in a new window)

If you need to set up an account, you can Request a New Account (opens in a new window) online or complete the Request for RMS 2.0 User Account form (PDF, 622.28 KB) (opens in a new window) and your Research Development Officer (RDO) will set it up for you. We encourage applicants to set up accounts for CIs and PIs well in advance of the internal deadlines.

If you have applied for ARC funding before, please note that RMS has been upgraded to RMS 2.0. To login to RMS 2.0 you need to use the email address associated with your account (not your previous RMS user ID). If you need to reset your password, the link to do so is on the RMS login page (opens in a new window)

For all enquiries regarding ARC funding opportunities and application advice, including budgets and grant writing support, contact your Research Development Officer (RDO)

Discovery Programme

Australian Laureate Fellowships – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 5 Oct 2016
Request Not to Assess close 16 Nov 2016
ARC application deadline 30 Nov 2016
Rejoinders TBA
Funding announcement Jun/Jul 2017

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Please contact your RDO if you intend to apply.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2018
Milestone Date
Eligibility Exemption Requests open TBA
Eligibility Exemption Requests close TBA
Applications open in RMS 16 Jan 2017
Request Not to Assess close 8 Mar 2017
ARC application deadline 22 Mar 2017
Rejoinders close TBA
Funding announcement Sep 2017

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)

Discovery Indigenous

Key dates for funding commencing in 2018
Milestone Date
Applications open in RMS 23 Jan 2017
Request Not to Assess close 15 Mar 2017
ARC application deadline 29 Mar 2017
Rejoinders close TBA
Funding announcement Sep 2017

Any researcher interested in applying for an ARC Discovery Indigenous Research Grant in this current round, please contact your Research Development Officer as soon as possible.

Main eligibility notes:

  1. First-named Chief Investigator (CI) must be an Indigenous Australian researcher.
  2. CIs must be employed for at least 0.2 FTE, or be a holder of an Emeritus position.
  3. CIs must retain this employment/position for the life of the grant (3 years).

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)

Discovery Projects – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2018
Milestone Date
Applications open in RMS 7 Dec 2016
Request Not to Assess close 15 Feb 2017
ARC application deadline 1 Mar 2017
Rejoinders close TBA
Funding announcement Sep 2017

Supporting documents, forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Researchers applying for grants over $50,000 may request a Research Metric Report from the Library. The report will contain journal and book impact data, citation counts and analysis, and where possible the impact of the research outside academia. Additional assistance weaving the raw data into a compelling narrative is also available on request.

Future Fellowships – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 18 Oct 2016
Request Not to Assess close 23 Nov 2016
ARC application deadline 7 Dec 2016
Rejoinders close TBA
Funding announcement Jun 2017

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Please contact your RDO if you intend to apply.

Linkage Programme

ARC Centres of Excellence – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
ARC EoI application period – notify REDI 3 Jun - 22 Jul 2015
Rejoinders 21-31 Aug 2015
SAC meeting for shortlisting EoIs 23-25 Sept 2015
Notification of shortlisted EoIs and full applications invited 2 Oct 2015
Full proposal application deadline 16 Dec 2015
Rejoinders 3-17 Mar 2016
Interview notification 15 Apr 2016
Interviews Week of 16 May 2016
Funding announcement Jul 2016

Further information

  • If you are involved in an application for the current round of ARC Centres of Excellence, please advise your RDO of the details of the application.
  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 11 Oct 2016
Request Not to Assess close 1 Dec 2016
ARC application deadline 15 Dec 2016
Rejoinders TBA
Funding announcement May 2017

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Please contact your RDO if you intend to apply.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres – closed

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 11 Oct 2016
Request Not to Assess close 1 Dec 2016
ARC application deadline 15 Dec 2016
Rejoinders TBA
Funding announcement May 2017

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Please contact your RDO if you intend to apply.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

Key dates for funding commencing in 2018
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 8 Feb 2017
Request Not to Assess close 22 Mar 2017
ARC application deadline 5 Apr 2017
Rejoinders close TBA
Funding announcement Sep 2017

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by all researchers who intend to apply for a LIEF award with University of Western Sydney as the administering institution and also for those researchers who would like to participate on another institution's bid.

It is usual practice for NSW universities to participate in a lengthy coordination process which involves the preparation and dissemination of a consolidated spreadsheet of all proposed bids for review by the sector in order to avoid duplication of equipment requests. Therefore, you will need to lodge your LIEF EoI and apply for co-contribution of University Central Funds towards your proposed request before the program officially opens (the co-contribution is likely to be on a 50:50 basis with the host area).

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Researchers applying for grants over $50,000 may request a Research Metric Report from the Library. The report will contain journal and book impact data, citation counts and analysis, and where possible the impact of the research outside academia. Additional assistance weaving the raw data into a compelling narrative is also available on request.

Linkage Projects

Key dates for funding commencing in 2017
Milestone Date
Funding Rules released 22 Sep 2016
Applications open in RMS 23 Dec 2016
ARC application deadline December 2017
Rejoinders Approx. 8 weeks from submission date
Funding announcement Approx. 6 months from submission date

Forms and templates

Further information

  • For ARC Funding Rules, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants, visit the ARC website (opens in a new window)
  • Researchers applying for grants over $50,000 may request a Research Metric Report from the Library. The report will contain journal and book impact data, citation counts and analysis, and where possible the impact of the research outside academia. Additional assistance weaving the raw data into a compelling narrative is also available on request.