As a condition of award, ARC grants holders are required to submit an annual Progress Report (also called an End of Year Report, or EOYR) whilst the grant is active and a Final Report on cessation of the grant. The ARC must also be notified of changes to Investigators, Organisations and other issues as indicated in the Funding Agreement via a Variation to Funding Agreement request (VFA).
Progress (End of Year) Reports
For ARC-funded projects active in 2017
Progress reports are required for all ARC-funded projects active in 2017. The Research Accounting Team will contact the Lead CI on all UON-administered ARC projects in early 2018 regarding the 2017 Progress Report requirements, including UON progress report template.
Progress Reports must include changes to start and end dates, carry-forward of funds requests (including a reason for the carry-forward) and any significant issues that affected the progress of the project in 2017. The ARC also requires a more detailed explanation in the following circumstances:
- When there is a request to carryover 75% or more of the total ARC allocation
- When there is a request to carryover the unspent portion of a previous year's carryover funding (+ 12 months carryover), i.e. A carryover form may have been previously submitted for this project.
For ARC-funded projects with end dates up to 31 December 2017
With the introduction of the UON Research Financial System (RFS) in January 2017, Research Accounts (G numbers) are only active in RFS within the project period. Once the project end date has passed, you will no longer be able to access projects funds. Please contact the Research Office if your ARC project has an end date up to 31 December 2017 to discuss whether funds need to be carried-over and end dates extended. Any changes to end dates must be included in the Progress Report submitted to the ARC in 2018.
For ARC-funded projects more than three years after the original allocation
The ARC will not allow the end date to be changed on projects that are more than three years after the original allocation via the Progress Report process. If your grant is more than three years after the original allocation and you would like to extend the end date please contact the Research Office to discuss a possible variation.
For further information, please see the ARC website.
Checking the balance of a research project
The information to determine if a project has funds to carryover into 2018 can be obtained from RFS by following the below steps:
- Researcher Home Tab; displays all grants the user has access (named within RIMS)
- My Research Grants
- Drill down on the Grant number
- Drill down on year to see that year’s budget line items (BLIs)
- Drill down on the BLI’s actuals or commitments for the detail
Where grant includes ‘Shared Out - Other University’ the collaborating institution’s acquittal must be included in the funds to carryover into 2018. Research Accounting will request acquittals on your behalf from the collaborating institution and forward once obtained to the CI.
Alternatively, the appropriate Faculty Research Accounting team member can assist with this information.
Final Reports for Discovery (FL, FT, DP, IN, DE) and Linkage programs (LP, LX, LAPDC, LIEF) and earlier programs (LRG, RF, IRD, SPIRT, IREX, RIEF, DI) are completed and submitted through RMS.
It is the Lead CI’s responsibility to ensure that the Final Report is correct, meets the ARC’s requirements and is submitted to the Research Office within the required timeframe.
Information in the Final Report is used by the ARC to determine whether the project has reached satisfactory completion. If a Final Report is deemed inadequate, the Lead CI will be contacted for further information.
If the ARC is not satisfied with the outcomes of the Project, this will be noted against any further project applications under any ARC scheme submitted by, or on behalf of, the Lead CI and will be taken into account in the assessment of those applications.
New Final Report Form
The ARC has recently update the Final Report form in RMS (November 2017). the new form applies to rounds funding in the following schemes and onwards: DP14, LP14, DE14, FL12, FT13, IN14, LE16, CE11, IH12, IC13, LS14.
- ARC Reporting Requirements
- ARC Final Report: RMS User Guide and Instructions
- ARC Final Report – Second Release: RMS User Guide and Instructions
- Common mistakes made in Final Reports (PDF)
Final Report submission process
It is the sole responsibility of Research Services to certify and submit completed Final Reports to the ARC through RMS. RMS does not send Research Services an alert when a Lead CI submits a Final Report. Research Services checks RMS once per week (on a Thursday) for completed Final Reports and requires 10 working days to review and submit the Final Report to the ARC. This time is necessary in case changes are required and given the volume of reports and other priorities in Research Services. The Lead CI is responsible for the timely completion of the Final Report to allow Research Services to submit it by the due date.
The Lead CI will receive an automated email reminder from the Research Information Management System (RIMS) one month before the Final Report is due.
All ARC project accounts (G numbers) must have a $0 balance prior to submitting the Final Report to Research Services. The account balance can be obtained from RFS or the appropriate Faculty Research Accounting team member.
Applications under any ARC Program submitted by, or on behalf of, a Lead CI on a Project for which the Final Report is outstanding will be deemed ineligible. If your Final Report is not appearing in RMS because the Scheme form has not been made available by the ARC, this will not affect your eligibility when applying for future grants.
If you have any questions regarding reporting please do not hesitate to contact Research Services.
Final Reports and Eligibility for Future Rounds
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.
Variation of Funding Agreement (VFA)
A VFA request must be submitted for all major changes that occur on ARC funded projects. VFAs must be submitted and approved by the Administering Organisations DVCR or Research Office staff.
The Lead CI should contact Research Services if they think a VFA is required. Research Services can assist with compiling the relevant documentation for the ARC. Please note that requirements for variations can change from year to year. This is a formal process requiring full documentation and often requiring written authorisation from all parties involved in the variation (all CIs/fellows/PIs/Partner Orgs/Collaborating Orgs). Research Services will advise the Lead CI what is required at the time of notification and will assist in compiling relevant documentation, arranging signatures and submission to the ARC. All requested changes should be in line with the specific ARC Funding Agreement and Funding Rules that the project relates to.
Please note that the ARC can take several weeks to several months to process VFA requests.
Changes requiring a VFA include:
- Allowance - Maternity/Parental Leave, Reimbursements
- Budget - Change Notification
- EOYR - Expenditure Correction
- Organisation - Add/Update, Withdraw
- Person – Add, Update, Additional Appointment Notification, Defer Commencement, Suspension, Withdraw
- Project – Asset Relocation, Defer Commencement, End Date, Full Relinquishment, Partial Relinquishment, Salary Conversion, Salary Relinquishment, Scope, Suspension, Title, Transfer, Transfer Correction