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.

Preparing ARC Grants

Research Office Mailing Lists

The Research-ARC mailing list is managed by the Research Office and used to communicate updates regarding grants and fellowships offered by the Australian Research Council (ARC). If you currently hold an ARC grant or fellowship, or intend applying for one, the Research Office strongly recommends subscribing to this list. Information about applying, changes to guidelines and conditions of award, progress report requirements etc. will be communicated via this list.


Documents

The ARC is required to publish Grant Guidelines and all associated scheme documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, 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 applications.

Once you have signed in to GrantConnect, the essential documents can be found by searching for the relevant scheme under ‘grant opportunities’ (open schemes) or ‘forecast opportunities’ (upcoming schemes). As the ARC often updates documents after the scheme opens, it is highly recommended that you sign up for alerts by editing your profile.

If you encounter any problems accessing or downloading these documents please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone 4921 7733.

University Documents


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.


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:


Preparing ARC Budgets

Information on how to calculate salary costs for your budget can found on 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.

Eligibility Matters

The ARC has developed an Eligibility Matters webpage which address some of the most common eligibility requirements for ARC schemes. It covers items including:

  • Researcher Roles
  • Fellowships/Awards
  • Number of Applications, Funded Projects and Cross-Scheme Eligibility
  • Organisational types
  • Incomplete or Misleading Information
  • Medical Research
  • Submission of applications

Visit the ARC Eligibility Matters webpage for more details.


Eligibility and Compliance Checks

The Research Office uses an online booking process to manage optional Eligibility and Compliance Checks (E&C Checks) on applications for ARC Schemes.

In these checks, scientific content is not reviewed but rather, this check will look at your application to make sure it meets the grant guidelines and ensure that you won’t be ruled out due to an ineligible proposal. It is recommended that you also seek Peer Review of your application either via your College/School or through the UON Academy of Reviewers where available.

A booking must be made within the allocated E&C Check period for each scheme. Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application in RMS ASAP after the scheme opens so they can book their preferred day for an E&C Check. Bookings without a RMS Application ID will be cancelled.

Please note: To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme E&C Check period. Access to book an E&C Check will no longer be available once the Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).


University Academy of Reviewers

Appointed by the DVCRI and nominated by the University College Pro-Vice Chancellors, the University Academy of Reviewers is a select and esteemed group of highly experienced researchers who will act as a reference group for the Research and Innovation Division providing comment on strategic matters as they arise.

A key strategic role for members of the Academy will be the review of draft University grant applications in the major grant rounds, to provide tactical feedback and advice to applicants. An internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process will be used by the Research Office to facilitate this valuable scientific content review.

Please visit the UON Academy of Reviewers webpage for a list of members of the Academy as well as a timeline for ARC/NHMRC scheme reviews.


Written Evidence for ARC Projects - Certification

The University of Newcastle is required to obtain written evidence of all relevant parties necessary to allow a proposed project to proceed as specified in the relevant Grant Guidelines. The written evidence must be retained by the Research Office.

Download the Certification Proforma (DOC) and follow the guidelines on the first page for submission.

The completed ARC Certification Proforma is required for ALL participants and organisations listed in an ARC application.

Please attach and send ALL responses in ONE (1) email to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au by the University deadline for final application (at least 1 week prior to submission date).


Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy

The ARC Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy was updated in late 2020 to clarify the types of personal interests that researchers are required to identify and disclose. Researchers are requested to provide this information as a named participant for ARC research funding (both CIs and PIs).

This information is gathered via a researcher’s profile in RMS, and is designed to support transparency of personal interests and to provide a mechanism to declare relationships and support to the Administering Organisation and the ARC.

It is important to note that RMS blocks submission of applications until all questions have been answered by all participants (both CIs and PIs) named on the application. As such, the Research Grants team strongly recommends that you maintain an up-to-date RMS profile to avoid any potential delay with submission. The Research Grants team is required to review these responses prior to submitting applications to the ARC.

A researcher’s responses will not be visible to other participants on the application or assessors who review the application. ARC peer review processes will continue to be based on assessing the merit of each application against the assessment criteria set out in Grant Guidelines. Please refer to the relevant Instructions to Applicants for the funding scheme for ARC directions on completion of these profile questions and complete them to the best of your knowledge.

If you have an international collaborator on an ARC application or hold an honorary appointment at an international university please note that:

  • ‘Foreign’ in this context means outside of Australia. If an international collaborator is receiving local research support then this would be considered Foreign support when responding to the ARC questions.
  • The ARC have advised that a government-funded university in a country other than Australia would be considered a 'foreign state owned enterprise'. Appointments with such universities will require the answer ‘Yes’ to the relevant ARC question.

Confidentiality and IP

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 within the application.

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."


National Interest Test (NIT) Statement

On 31 October 2018, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced a ‘National Interest Test’ would be introduced in ARC applications and that the Minister may consider the National Interest Test in determining which applications to approve. As such it is critical that researchers ensure that adequate time is taken in addressing this criteria.

Download the Guide to Writing ARC Application Title, Summary & National Interest Text Statement (PDF)


Submission Process

Please see the ARC Submission Procedure on the ARC Grants webpage and the Online Booking System User Guide for instructions on how to make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance Check.

Once complete, the CI submit the final, submission ready application in RMS via the 'Submit to Research Office' button and forward all associated documentation (e.g Cover Sheet and CI/PI/Organisation Certifications/Written Evidence) to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.


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 ARC Reporting Requirements webpage.


Requirement for Acknowledgement of ARC Funding

For all research projects that are either partially or fully supported by ARC funding, the ARC Grant/Funding Agreements require that the ARC contribution to research and other activities must be appropriately acknowledged. The acknowledgement should include mention of the ARC as a funding body and where the Research Output is a publication, in addition to acknowledging ARC support, the relevant Project ID must be included.

Whilst this acknowledgement most often occurs within research outputs, such as journal publications, efforts should also be made if participating in dissemination activities such as conferences or interviews with media outlets.

The ARC provides further details on the acceptable forms for acknowledgement of ARC funding on their website, including advice on use of the ARC logo and recommended wording.


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.


Presentations

Please note: all links below require staff/student login to access

The presentation slides for the ARC 2020 Discovery Project presentation (held 21 November 2019) and the ARC 2020 DECRA presentation (held 10 December 2019) can be downloaded below.

For Funding Commencing in 2022

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

This scheme is CLOSED

Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2023 is expected to open Wednesday 10 November 2021 and close Wednesday 23 February 2022. An indicative timeline for the round is below.

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 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.

For funding commencing in 2023

Please note, these dates are indicative only and may be subject to change

ARC opens Wednesday 10 November 2021
University Online Booking System Opens Thursday 11 November 2021
University Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Thursday 20 January to Wednesday 9 February 2022
Request Not to Assess due to Research Office 9:00am Wednesday 2 February 2022
Request Not to Assess due at ARC Wednesday 9 February 2022
Application Cover Sheet/Certifications (Written Evidence) 9:00am Wednesday 16 February 2022
University Deadline for Final Application9:00am Wednesday 16 February 2022
ARC submission deadline 5:00pm Wednesday 23 February 2022
RejoindersTuesday 14 to Monday 27 June 2022

* 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. To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).

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.


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 Discovery Projects including the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and 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.

The University of Newcastle

Please see the 'Preparing ARC Grants' section for more information relating to ARC grant applications.

For Funding Commencing in 2022

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

This Scheme is CLOSED

Funding for DECRAs for funding commencing in 2023 is expected to open on Wednesday 15 September 2021 and close on Wednesday 17 November 2021. An indicative timeline for the round is below.

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

For funding commencing in 2023

The below timeline is indicative only and may be subject to change

ARC opens Wednesday 8 September 2021
University Online Booking System opens Thursday 9 September 2021
University Deadline for Statement by Administering Organisation (Strategic Statement) Monday 13 October 2021
University Deadline for Eligibility Exemption Request form Monday 13 October 2021
University Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period* Thursday 14 October to Wednesday 3 November 2021
University Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' 9:00am Monday 1 November 2021
ARC Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' Wednesday 3 November 2021
University Deadline for Final Application 9:00 am Wednesday 10 November 2021
ARC closes 5:00 pm Wednesday 17 November 2021

*Please note:

  • To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).
  • 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 Colleges 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 College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College 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 including the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the 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.

University Supporting Documents


Statement by the Administering Organisation College Contacts

Please contact the following person within your College to assist with preparing your Statement by the Administering Organisation (previously Strategic Statement). It is recommended you inform the College contact as soon as possible regarding your intention to apply, as each College 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

CollegeContact
Human and Social Futures Pat Filmer-Sankey
E: pat.filmersankey@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 7865
Catherine Oddie
E:
Catherine.Oddie@newcastle.edu.au
T:
(02) 4921 7929
Engineering, Science and Environment E: cese-research@newcastle.edu.au

Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

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

Eligibility Exemption Requests

A DECRA Candidate must at the closing time of submission of Proposals have been awarded a PhD on or 1 March 2016, unless non-overlapping career interruption(s) exist.

As advised to the sector through an ARC CEO Network Message on 1 May 2020 - due to the impact of COVID-19, researchers in their final year of eligibility for a DECRA in the DECRA 2022 round, may choose to apply in 2020 (for a DECRA 2022) within the existing eligibility timeframes or in 2021 (for a DECRA 2023) utilising an automatic one-year extension.

Eligibility Extension Requests - All ARC Fellowship candidates who must claim career interruption to meet the eligibility criteria must have an Eligibility Exemption Request approved by the DVCRI. See Key Dates for submission deadlines. The allowable career interruptions set out, and the period allowed for each are in Table 6 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

The ARC accepts 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
  • medical condition or disability
  • maternity or parental leave
  • carers’ responsibility, including:
    • providing the primary care of a dependent child, two years per dependent child (inclusive of maternity or parental leave)
    • being the primary carer of a dependent child with extensive caring responsibilities due to reasons such as illness or disability of the child (in addition to the two years).

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


Presentations

Please note: all links below require staff/student login to access


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 2021

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

This scheme is CLOSED

Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2022 are expected to open on Wednesday 13 October 2021 and close on Wednesday 8 December 2021. An indicative timeline for the round is below.

The ARC Future Fellowships scheme supports excellence in research by supporting excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

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 aims to address this problem and expand knowledge base and research capacity in Australia.

Future Fellowships provides four-year fellowships to outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. In addition, the ARC may award the Administering Organisation up to $60 000 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.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions
  • Support national and international research collaboration
  • Enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas

To be eligible, the Future Fellowship candidate must, as at the grant opportunity closing date:

  • Have an award of PhD date on or between 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016; or
  • Have a PhD award date with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on or between 1 March 2006 and 1 March 2016.

Future Fellowships will encourage proposals from researchers working in areas of national priority. Preference will be given to Australian researchers.

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

Please subscribe to the ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on  this scheme if advised throughout the application period by the ARC and for other ARC funding opportunities.


Key Dates

For Funding Commencing in 2022

The below timeline is indicative only and may be subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 13 October 2021
UON Online Booking System opens Thursday 14 October 2021
UON Deadline for Statement by Administering Organisation (Strategic Statement) Wednesday 3 November 2021
UON Deadline for Eligibility Exemption Request form Wednesday 3 November 2021
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Booking Period Thursday 11 to Wednesday 24 November 2021
UON Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' 9:00am Monday 22 November 2021
ARC Deadline for 'Request not to Assess' 5:00 pm Wednesday 24 November 2021
UON Deadline for Final Application9:00am Wednesday 1 December 2021
ARC close 5:00 pm Wednesday 8 December 2021

Please note:

  • To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).
  • 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 Colleges 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 College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College 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 including Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the 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) 4921 7733

UON


Statement by the Administering Organisation College Contacts

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

CollegeContact
Human and Social Futures Pat Filmer-Sankey
E: Pat.Filmersankey@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7865
Catherine Oddie
E: Catherine.Oddie@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 7929
Engineering, Science and EnvironmentE: CESE-Research@newcastle.edu.au
Health, Medicine and Wellbeing Shirley Savy
E: Shirley.Savy@newcastle.edu.au
T: (02) 4921 5603

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 2006 and 1 March 2016, unless eligible non-overlapping career interruption(s) exist.

As advised to the sector through an ARC CEO Network Message on 1 May 2020 - due to the impact of COVID-19, researchers in their final year of eligibility for a Future Fellowship may choose to apply in 2020 (for FT 2021) or utilise the automatic, one-year eligibility extension to apply in 2021 (for FT 2022).

Note that final year applicants in either scheme cannot apply in the current round (2020) and then apply again in the next round (2021).

Eligibility Extension Requests - All ARC Fellowship candidates who claim career interruption to meet the eligibility criteria must have an Eligibility Exemption Request approved by the DVCRI. See Key Dates for submission deadlines. The allowable career interruptions set out, and the period allowed for each are in Table 6 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

The ARC accepts 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
  • medical condition or disability
  • maternity or parental leave
  • carers’ responsibility, including:
    • Providing primary care of a dependent child, two years per dependent child (inclusive of maternity or parental leave)
    • Providing primary care of a dependent child with extensive caring responsibilities due to reasons such as illness or disability of the child (in addition to the initial two years)

Please contact the Research 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

For funding commencing in 2021

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

This scheme is CLOSED

Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2022 is expected to open on Wednesday 1 September 2021 and close Wednesday 27 October 2021. An indicative timeline for the round is below.

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

For funding commencing in 2022

The following timeline is indicative only and may be subject to change

ARC opens Wednesday 1 September 2021
UON Online Booking System Opens Thursday 2 September 2021
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings Period Thursday 7 to Wednesday 13 October 2021
Request not to Assess due to the Research Office 5:00 pm Monday 11 October 2021
Request not to Assess due to the ARC 5:00 pm Wednesday 13 October 2021
UON Application for Final Deadline9:00am Wednesday 20 October 2021
ARC closes 5:00 pm Wednesday 27 October 2021
  • To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).
  • 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 Colleges 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 College Research & Research Training Officer or College Research Development Manager for further information on School/College 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 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 2022

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

This Scheme is CLOSED.

Discovery Indigenous Projects for funding commencing in 2023 is expected to open on Wednesday 24 November 2021 and close on Wednesday 16 March 2022. An indicative timeline for the round is listed below.

The Discovery Indigenous scheme supports research projects led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher, and builds capacity for higher degree research and early career researchers.

The objectives of the Discovery Indigenous scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers as individuals and as teams;
  • support national and international research collaboration;
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas; and
  • support and retain established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in higher education institutions.

ARC Discovery Indigenous 2021 Information Sheet (PDF)

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


Key Dates

For funding commencing in 2022

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

ARC opens Wednesday 10 November 2021
UON Online Booking System opens* Thursday 11 November 2021
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Thursday 24 February - Wednesday 2 March 2022
Request to not assess form due to Research Office Wednesday 23 February 2022
Request Not to Assess due at ARC Wednesday 2 March 2022
Certifications (Written Evidence) due to Research Office 9:00 am Wednesday 9 March 2022
UON Deadline for final application9:00 am Wednesday 9 March 2022
ARC submission 5:00 pm Wednesday 16 March 2022

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

To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).

Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS, 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.


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 all the relevant documents including the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the 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

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 Program, including the Discovery Indigenous Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

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