Research Division

ARC - Discovery Projects


Start Date

1st Mar 2017 9:00am

End Date

1st Mar 2017 5:00pm

The ARC has announced that proposals for Discovery Projects commencing in 2018 (DP18) are now open in the Research Management System (RMS) for submission.

Applicants are requested to provide their draft proposal to the Office of Research Services (ORS) by the 1 February 2017 to allow eligibility and grantsmanship review.

The applicable Funding Rules are the Funding Rules for schemes under the Discovery Programme (2016 edition) and are available on the ARC Discovery Projects page. The Instructions to Applicants will be released shortly.

All ORS templates, will become available on the ORS Discovery Projects web page.

Key dates
Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals open in RMS: 7 December 2016
Proposals due to ORS: 1 February 2017
Requests not to assess to ORS: 13 February 2017          
Certifications due to ORS: 13 February 2017                                                        
Requests not to assess to ARC: 15 February 2017   
Proposals submitted to ARC: 1 March 2017
Rejoinders: Approx. 8 weeks from submission to ARC*
Announcement: Approx. 6 months from submission to ARC*

*The ARC advise these dates are approximate and subject to change.

Major ARC Funding Rules Change – Active Projects
In the 2016 edition of the Discovery Programme and Linkage Programme Funding Rules, ARC have incorporated a definition of ‘Active Projects’: ‘a project that is receiving funding according to the terms of the original Funding Agreement, or has any carryover funds approved by the ARC, or an approved variation to the Project’s end date.

We strongly encourage all potential participants for open and upcoming schemes to check the end dates for all projects listed in their RMS profiles.

Checking your Active Project status: In order to assist with the determination of which projects are considered to be ‘Active Projects,’ ARC have made changes in the Research Management System (RMS) so that the ‘Current ARC Projects’ section of a participant’s RMS profile and the ‘Currently held ARC Projects’ proposal question displays the end date.

Development assistance with your proposal is available from your Research Hub.  Questions regarding the DP funding rules and ARC requirements may be directed to DP Scheme Leader