Discovery Program

The ARC's Discovery funding schemes recognise the importance of fundamental research to the national innovation system. The national innovation system includes the people (for example, in government, higher education and business), processes and relationships involved in 'new' knowledge in a knowledge-based economy.

A strong capability in fundamental research (sometimes called discovery, basic or blue sky research) will result in the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.

The Discovery Program aims to deliver outcomes of benefit to Australia and build Australia’s research capacity through support for:

  • excellent, internationally competitive research by individuals and teams;
  • research training and career opportunities for the best Australian and international researchers;
  • international collaboration; and
  • research in priority areas.

See below for further information on Discovery Program Schemes and other important information relating to preparing ARC grants.

For Funding Commencing in 2020

Research Office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2021 will open on Wednesday 13 November 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Wednesday 19 February 2020.

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

The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams
  • encourage high-quality research and research training
  • 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.

The Discovery Projects scheme provides project funding of between $30,000 and $500,000 per year for up to five consecutive years. This may include a Discovery International Award to support Australian-based researchers working overseas or overseas researchers working in Australia on a project.

For more information, please visit the Discovery Projects page on the ARC website.

Please note: It is strongly recommended all DP applicants subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.


Key Dates

Please subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on ARC funding opportunities.

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 13 November 2019
UON Online Booking System Opens Thursday 14 November 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Wednesday 22 January - Wednesday 12 February 2020
Request Not to Assess due to Research Office**Monday 10 February 2020
Request Not to Assess due at ARC Wednesday 12 February 2020 
Application Cover Sheet/Certifications (Written Evidence) 5:00pm Wednesday 19 February 2020
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm Wednesday 19 February 2020
ARC submission deadline 5:00pm Wednesday 26 February 2020

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application ASAP after the scheme opens in RMS so that they can book their preferred day for application review.

** A reminder that Request not to assess requirements have recently changed and there can be need for ‘comprehensive evidence justifying the request’.

Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS 2.0, a complete and fully signed External Application Cover Sheet and all CI/PI and Partner Organisation Certifications (Written Evidence) emailed to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


Changes to the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2018) to include the National Interest Test

On 31 October 2018, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced a
‘National Interest Test’ would be introduced for applications for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) and that the new requirement would apply to all future grant rounds yet to open.

The National Interest Test will only be applicable to the following schemes covered under the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2018):

  • Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2020; and
  • Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2020.

The details of this new section have been included in the Discovery Program processes on pages 7–8 of the Guidelines, as well as in additional sections titled ‘The Grant selection process’ at D7 and E6, and ‘Who will approve grants’ at D8 and E7.

A definition of ‘national interest’ has been included in the Glossary at page 77.


ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC DECRAs.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Discovery Program Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON


For Funding Commencing in 2021

Research Office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This Scheme is CLOSED. Funding for DECRA commencing in 2021 will open on Wednesday 2 October 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Thursday 5 March 2020.

The ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a part of the Discovery Program. The DECRA scheme provides more focused support for researchers and creates more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

The objectives of the DECRA scheme are to:

  • Support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers
  • Advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  • Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments
  • Expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability
  • Enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities

Researchers who have been awarded a PhD within five years, or, awarded a PhD within nine years and commensurate with a period of significant career interruption may be eligible to apply.

For more information, visit the ARC DECRA page.

Please note: It is strongly recommended all DECRA applicants subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list for up to date information on this scheme.


Key Dates

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 2 October 2019
UON Online Booking System opens Thursday 3 October 2019
UON Deadline for Statement by Administering Organisation (Strategic Statement) Wednesday 5 February 2020
UON Deadline for Eligibility Exemption Request form Wednesday 5 February 2020
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period* Friday 7 February - Thursday 27 February 2020
UON Deadline for 'Request not to Assess'Tuesday 25 February 2020
ARC Deadline for 'Request not to Assess'Thursday 27 February 2020
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm Thursday 5 March 2020
ARC closes 5:00pm Thursday 12 March 2020

*Please note:

  • The UON deadline for final applications is one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet (DOC).
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC DECRAs.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Discovery Program Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON Supporting Documents


Statement by the Administering Organisation Faculty Contacts

Please contact the following person within your Faculty to assist with preparing your Statement by the Administering Organisation (previously Strategic Statement). It is recommended you inform the Faculty contact as soon as possible regarding your intention to apply, as each Faculty may have their own deadline for preparation of the Statement.

Further information and timing about the review process for Statements by the Administering Organisation will be provided by the Research Grants Office in due course

FacultyContact

Business and Law

Patrick Filmer-Sankey
E: Patrick.Filmer-Sankey@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 7865

Education and Arts

Catherine Oddie
E:
Catherine.Oddie@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 7929

Engineering and Built Environment

Jo Midwinter
E:
Jo.Midwinter@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 6826

Health

Shirley Savy
E:
Shirley.Savy@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 5603

Science

Katrina King
E:
FSCI-Research@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4033 9332

Eligibility Exemption Requests

A DECRA Candidate must at the closing time of submission of Proposals have been awarded a PhD on or 1 March 2014, unless non-overlapping career interruption(s) exist.

All DECRA candidates who must claim career interruption to meet the eligibility criteria must have an eligibility exemption request approved by DVCRI

The ARC accept the following types of career interruptions:

  • disruption due to international relocation for post-doctoral studies or other research employment not exceeding three months per international relocation
  • unemployment
  • non-research employment not concurrent with research employment
  • illness
  • maternity or parental leave
  • carers’ responsibility, including:
    • being the primary carer of a dependent child, two years per dependent child
    • being the primary carer of a dependent child with extensive caring responsibilities due to reasons such as illness or disability of the child and/or
    • other caring responsibility.

Please contact the Research Grants Office for further information and timing of Eligibility Exemption Requests.


Further Information

For further information, please research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone (02) 4921 7733

ARC Executive Director DECRA and Future Fellowships presentation (PDF) held on 3-4 July 2019

For funding commencing in 2020

Research Office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2020 will open on Wednesday 25 September 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Wednesday 13 November 2019 .

The ARC Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

At present many highly qualified mid-career researchers choose to work overseas to further their careers due to lack of opportunities in Australia. The Future Fellowships scheme addresses this problem and will significantly boost Australia's research and innovation capacity in areas of national importance.

Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $50 000 of non-salary funding per annum which may be used for personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the Future Fellow's research.

Future Fellowships will encourage proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry and/or research institutions and/or with other disciplines.

Although international experience is important for Australian researchers, it is also important they have the opportunity to return home to continue their work.

For further information, please visit the ARC Future Fellowships page.

Please subscribe to the ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on ARC funding opportunities.


Key Dates

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 25 September 2019
UON Online Booking System opens* Thursday 26 September 2019
UON Deadline for Statement by Administering Organisation (Strategic Statement)Monday 14 October 2019
UON Deadline for Eligibility Exemption Request form Monday 14 October 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking PeriodMonday 21 October - Wednesday 6 November 2019
UON Deadline for 'Request not to Assess'5:00pm Monday 4 November 2019
ARC Deadline for 'Request not to Assess'5:00pm Wednesday 6 November 2019
UON Deadline for Final Applications5:00pm Wednesday 13 November 2019
ARC close 5:00pm Wednesday 20 November 2019

* Please note:

  • The UON deadline for final applications is one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet.
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Future Fellowships.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Discovery Program Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON


Statement by the Administering Organisation Faculty Contacts

Please contact the following person within your Faculty to assist with preparing your Statement by the Administering Organisation (previously Strategic Statement). It is recommended you inform the Faculty contact as soon as possible regarding your intention to apply, as each Faculty may have their own deadline for preparation of the Statement.

Further information and timing about the review process for Statements by the Administering Organisation will be provided by the Research Grants Office in due course.

FacultyContact
Business and Law Patrick Filmer-Sankey
E: Patrick.Filmer-Sankey@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7865
Education and Arts Catherine Oddie
E: Catherine.Oddie@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7929
Engineering and Built Environment Jo Midwinter
E:
Jo.Midwinter@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 6826
Health and Medicine Shirley Savy
E: Shirley.Savy@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 5603
Science

Katrina King
E: katrina.king@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4033 9332

Eligibility Exemption Requests

A Future Fellowship Candidate must at the closing time of submission of Proposals have been awarded a PhD on or between 1 March 2004 and 1 March 2014, unless career interruption(s) exist.

All Future Fellow Candidates who must claim career interruption to meet the eligibility criteria must have an eligibility exemption request approved by DVCRI.

The ARC accept the following types of career interruptions:

  • disruption due to international relocation for post-doctoral studies or other research employment not exceeding three months per international relocation
  • unemployment
  • non-research employment not concurrent with research employment
  • illness
  • maternity or parental leave
  • carers’ responsibility, including:
    • being the primary carer of a dependent child, two years per dependent child
    • being the primary carer of a dependent child with extensive caring responsibilities due to reasons such as illness or disability of the child and/or
    • other caring responsibility.

Please contact the Research Grants Office for further information and timing of Eligibility Exemption Requests.


Further Information

For further information regarding the Future Fellowships, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

ARC Executive Director DECRA and Future Fellowships presentation (PDF) held on 3-4 July 2019

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 auto-population of Research Outputs and ORCID

As part of the ARC’s commitment to integrating ORCID into RMS, it is now possible to auto-populate research output data into ARC RMS profiles and application forms.

For more information on ORCID and your grant application, please see the below resources that the UON Library has kindly developed:


RMS Access

RMS 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.

Note: The Admin Organisation will be The University of Newcastle

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

  • RMS User Management Guide
  • Submitting a Proposal in RMS

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

RMS minimum system requirements

RMS 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 and Eligibility

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. RMS now has improved functionality to detect and prevent applications from being submitted where any participant has not met their ARC reporting requirements or where project or application limits have been breached.

Please see the scheme-specific Grant Guidelines and the UON 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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au 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: 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 clearly identify the information as confidential or commercially sensitive by inserting 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."

For funding commencing in 2020

Research Office contact:
kylie.hugo@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Applications for Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme for 2020 will open on Wednesday 18 September 2019 and the UON Deadline for final applications is Wednesday 6 November 2019.

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

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opensWednesday 18 September 2019
UON Online Booking System OpensThursday 19 September 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings PeriodThursday 24 October - Wednesday 30 October 2019
Request not to Assess due to the Research Office 5:00pm Monday 28 October 2019
Request not to Assess due to the ARC 5:00pm Wednesday 30 October 2019
UON Application for Final Deadline5:00pm Wednesday 6 November 2019
ARC closes 5:00pm Wednesday 13 November 2019

Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Australian Laureate Fellowships.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Discovery Program Funding Rule Changes
  • Instructions to applicants
  • Certification Proforma
  • Sample Application Forms

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON

Further Information

For further information regarding the Australian Laureate Fellowships Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.


For Funding Commencing in 2021

Research Office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This Scheme is CLOSED. Funding for Discovery Indigenous projects commencing in 2021 will open on Wednesday 27 November 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Wednesday 11 March  2020.

The Discovery Indigenous scheme supports research in any area led by Indigenous Australian researchers and builds the capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

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.

ARC Discovery Indigenous 2020 Information Sheet (PDF)

For more information, please visit the Discovery Indigenous Scheme page on the ARC website.


Key Dates

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 27 November 2019
UON Online Booking System opens* Thursday 28 November 2019
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period* Thursday 5 March - Wednesday 18 March 2020
Request to not assess form due to Research Services **Monday 2 March 2020
Request Not to Assess due at ARCWednesday 4 March 2020
Application Cover Sheet/Certifications (Written Evidence) 5:00pm Wednesday 11 March 2020
UON Deadline for final application 5:00pm Wednesday 11 March 2020
ARC submission 5:00pm Wednesday 18 March 2020

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application ASAP after the scheme opens in RMS so that they can book their preferred day for application review.

** A reminder that Request not to assess requirements have recently changed and there can be need for ‘comprehensive evidence justifying the request’.

Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS 2.0, a complete and fully signed External Application Cover Sheet and all CI/PI and Partner Organisation Certifications (Written Evidence) emailed to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


Changes to the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2018) to include the National Interest Test

On 31 October 2018, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced a
‘National Interest Test’ would be introduced for applications for funding under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) and that the new requirement would apply to all future grant rounds yet to open.

The National Interest Test will only be applicable to the following schemes covered under the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2018):

  • Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2020; and
  • Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2020.

The details of this new section have been included in the Discovery Program processes on pages 7–8 of the Guidelines, as well as in additional sections titled ‘The Grant selection process’ at D7 and E6, and ‘Who will approve grants’ at D8 and E7.

A definition of ‘national interest’ has been included in the Glossary at page 77.


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Future Fellowships.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Discovery Program Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON

Research Services holds copies of successful ARC Discovery Indigenous grant applications. If you would like to make an appointment to view these please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.


Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC Discovery Projects, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.


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 auto-population of Research Outputs and ORCID

As part of the ARC’s commitment to integrating ORCID into RMS, it is now possible to auto-populate research output data into ARC RMS profiles and application forms.

For more information on ORCID and your grant application, please see the below resources that the UON Library has kindly developed:


RMS Access

RMS 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.

Note: The Admin Organisation will be The University of Newcastle

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

  • RMS User Management Guide
  • Submitting a Proposal in RMS

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

RMS minimum system requirements

RMS 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 and Eligibility

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. RMS now has improved functionality to detect and prevent applications from being submitted where any participant has not met their ARC reporting requirements or where project or application limits have been breached.

Please see the scheme-specific Grant Guidelines and the UON 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 research-applications@newcastle.edu.au 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: 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 clearly identify the information as confidential or commercially sensitive by inserting 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."