Discovery Projects

Status: Open

Internal deadlines

Supported applicants invited to submit Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS) NA 20 Sept 2016
Invited applicants' NOIS due to Research Office M 03 Oct 2016
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10 page project description, project summary, impact statement and team summary due to Research Office for internal grantsmanship review M Mid Nov 2016
Grantsmanship reviews due to Research Office M Mid Dec 2016
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Lead CIs please book the time and day on which you will be submitting your final application in RMS and certification forms. 
Must be booked by the lead CI only.
M 30 Jan - 10 Feb 2017
Bookings via Event Registration System
Appointments will open closer to the booking dates
Final application on RMS M As per booking
Via RMS Submit to Research Office
Certification forms M As per booking
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Requests Not to Assess O 08 Feb 2017
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O - Optional / M - Mandatory


The objectives of the Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • Support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams.
  • Encourage research and research training in high-quality research environments.
  • 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.

How to apply

  1. Liaise with your faculty/institute/SRC and follow their internal timelines.
  2. If invited to continue, submit a Notice of Intention to Submit (NOIS) to
  3. Submit project description etc. for review and review other applicants' project descriptions.
  4. Read the Funding Rules and changes to the funding rulesInstructions to Applicants and FAQs - 2018.
  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.

Documents and information

Additional documentation can be found on the ARC website - Information for Applicants.

Please note: If requesting a PhD stipend from the ARC, request at $26,300 p.a. (based on 2016 amounts). 

If you are including a PhD stipend as a Deakin cash contribution, the 2017 rate is $26,682.