ARC Discovery Projects 2017

Funding Amounts:

Minimum $30,000* pa Maximum $500,000* pa. 

*for Discovery Projects 2016, will be updated once 2017 funding information is available

Scheme Objectives

The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams;
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Strategic Research Priorities;
  • expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability;
  • encourage research and research training in high-quality research environments;
  • enhance international collaboration in research; and
  • foster the international competitiveness of Australian research.

Internal Deadlines: 

Liaise with Faculty/Institute/SRC and follow their internal timelines

21 Sept 2015Faculty/Institute/SRC supported applicants invited to submit Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS) 

5 Oct 2015Invited applicants' NOIS due to Research OfficeMandatoryVia the RMENet online form
16 Nov 2015Project description, lay summary and impact statement due to Research Office for internal grantsmanship reviewMandatoryVia email to
7 Dec 2015Grantsmanship reviews due to Research OfficeMandatoryVia email to
3 Feb 2016
9:00 a.m.
Final application on RMS Mandatory Via RMS Submit to Research Office
3 Feb 2016
9:00 a.m.
Certification forms Mandatory Via email to
TBCRequests Not to Assess If required Via email to

TBC to be confirmed

How to apply:

1. Liaise with your Faculty/Institute/SRC and follow their internal timelineds

2. If invited, submit an online Notice of Intention to Submit (NOIS) in RMENet (refer instructions)

3. Submit project description etc. for review and review other applicants' project descriptions

4. Read the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants and FAQ's - 2017 

5. Commence your application in the ARC Research Management System - RMS

6. Use the DU templates provided below and liaise with your Case Manager as necessary

7. Organise relevant certification forms

ARC Documents and Information

  • Funding Rules 2016 
  • Instructions to applicants
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
  • Cross scheme eligibility FAQ's

If requesting a PhD stipend from the ARC, request at $25,406 pa (based on 2014 amounts).

DU Templates, Forms and Tools

  • Template Part C1
  • Template Part F12
  • Template Part F13
  • Template Part G1 

  • Certification form - all participants 

  • Deakin University Salary Calculator
  • Deakin University Budget spreadsheet # 1 (XLSX, 19.7 KB)  
  • Deakin University Budget spreadsheet # 2  (XLSX, 24.0 KB)
  • Deakin University Compliance Checklist 
  • Deakin University Data Management Advice
  • FAQs - NCG and University Review Process

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