Australian Laureate Fellowships

For funding commencing in 2018

Research Office contact:

This scheme is OPEN
Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2018 opened on Thursday 28 September 2017 and close on Thursday 9 November 2017.

If you are interested in applying or have an external colleague interested in applying via UON, please contact Kylie Hugo about UON support in developing and submitting the application.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme reflects the Commonwealth's commitment to supporting excellence in research by attracting world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions, as well as creating new rewards and incentives for the application of their talents in Australia.

Open to applications from outstanding researchers of international repute, the Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme encourages proposals involving Australian and international researchers by providing eligible Australian Laureate Fellows with Project Funding in addition to a salary supplement and salary-related (on-cost) support.

Up to 17 Australian Laureate Fellowships may be awarded each year, including fellowships allocated to exceptional female researchers who will also undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research. Preference will be given to researchers who will play a significant, sustained leadership and mentoring role in building Australia's internationally competitive research capacity.

For further information, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowship page on the ARC website.

Key Dates

Funding Rules released1 September 2017
ARC opensThursday 28 September 2017
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings openFriday 29 September 2017
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings PeriodFriday 20 October - Thursday 26 October 2017
Request not to Assess due to the Research Office 5:00pm Tuesday 24 October 2017
Request not to Assess due to the ARC 5:00pm Thursday 26 October 2017
UON Application for Final Deadline5:00pm Thursday 2 November 2017
ARC closes 5:00pm Thursday 9 November 2017

Final Reports and Eligibility

It is now an eligibility requirement for all ARC schemes that:

  • At the time of the submission of a Proposal, all obligations regarding previously funded Projects involving the participants named on the Proposal must have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the ARC. Such obligations include the provision and acceptance of satisfactory Progress and Final Reports. (Discovery Funding Rules 2018; A6.2.2/Linkage Funding Rules 2018; A7.1.5)
  • A Final Report must be submitted for the Project within 12 months of the final payment or within 12 months of the final ARC approved Project end date. The form for this report will be made available by the ARC in RMS, with instructions on the ARC website. (Discovery Funding Rules 2018; A10.2.1/Linkage Funding Rules 2018; A11.2.1)

The ARC have advised that proposals which list a CI with an outstanding final report at the time of submission will be ruled ineligible.

Unfortunately, the administrative access our Office has in RMS does not allow us to verify the status of final reports for CIs from other institutions. Therefore, we strongly encourage the lead CI to ask each CI listed on their proposal to check the status of all final reports flagged in RMS, to ensure that eligibility requirements are met.  Final reports that are overdue for UON CIs must be completed as soon as possible and submitted to RMS no later than 3 weeks prior to the ARC closing deadline for the scheme under application.

Final report status can be found in RMS by selecting ‘Final Reports’ under ‘Applicant Project Management’.  This will lead to a page displaying the status and due date of all final reports for projects the CI is listed on.

We highly recommend that the lead CI asks each participating CI on their application to take a screenshot of the final report status page in RMS for their records, in the case of eligibility queries.


ARC website


Further Information

For further information regarding the Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme, please contact or phone on (02) 492 17733.

Preparing ARC Grants

Preparing ARC Budgets

Information on how to calculate salary costs for your budget can found from our Preparing Research Budgets page.

  • 30% On-costs must be included in all salary requests.
  • Indexation cannot be included.
  • Salary increase due to increase in HEW step levels can be included.

Management of Data

Within the Project Description of your ARC proposal, you will be required to complete a ‘Management of Data’ section.  A Data Management Toolkit is available on the University of Newcastle library website. We recommend contacting your Senior Research Librarian for all data management needs, including assistance with ARC proposals.

RMS Access

RMS 2.0 allows researchers requesting funding under the ARC National Competitive Grants Program 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.

Note: The Admin Organisation will be The University of Newcastle

The RMS Funding Announcement Page contains links to key documents such as:

  • Introduction to RMS 2.0 Login
  • Submitting a Proposal in RMS 2.0

All new applications as well as final reports will need to be submitted to RMS 2.0.

RMS minimum system requirements

RMS 2.0 is compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Compatibility with different browsers or older versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer is not guaranteed.

ARC Reporting

If you have a current ARC grant with outstanding reports, this may affect your eligibility for current ARC applications. Please see the ARC Reporting Requirements webpage.

Access to Successful Applications

Research Services can provide researchers with access to view successful applications where the lead Chief Investigator has provided consent.

Applications must be viewed in hard copy in the Research Services office or by arrangement at HMRI.

How to Arrange to View a Successful Application

Contact to request access to view successful applications for a specific scheme. Please include preferred date(s), time(s) and location.

Confirmation of the date, time and venue will be provided to you by Research Services staff.

Confidentiality and IP

Please note: In past rounds, the ARC warranted confidentiality. The Funding Rules now state "the ARC gives no undertaking to keep confidential any information provided in the Proposal except where required by law."

Due to this change we recommend that if submitting a research project with potential IP which could be patented/exploited or involves an Industry Partner which requires confidentiality, applicants should insert the following sentence at the start of the Project Description within their application:

"The following project is disclosed to the ARC in confidence for the purpose only of applying for ARC Funding."