Discovery Projects

Status: DP21

Internal deadlines

ADRs / IFM / IISRI / A2I2 Director to send list of supported applicants to DR GrantsMMonday 16th September 2019
Email to Deakin Research Grants
Booking system opens for compliance sessionsMTBC, Late November 2019
DP21 scheme opens in RMSN/AWednesday 13 November 2019
Final application submitted to Research Office via RMS M TBC, Approx. Wednesday 22 January 2020
Certification forms M Wednesday 22 January 2020
Email to Deakin Research Grants
Requests Not to Assess O Wednesday 5 February 2020
Email to Deakin Research Grants

O - Optional / M - Mandatory


The objectives of the Discovery Projects grant opportunity 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; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.

How to apply

  1. If you intend to apply for DP21, please contact your Faculty/Institute/School Research Office at your earliest opportunity to discuss your application. They will advise you of their internal process.
  2. If your Faculty/IFM/IISRI/A2I2 supports your application, DR Grants will liaise with you directly regarding the University process.

Documents and information

Additional information can be found on the ARC website.

ARC documents

  • Grant Guidelines and Changes to the Grant Guidelines for DP21 applications
  • Instructions to applicants *
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) *
  • Cross scheme eligibility FAQs *
  • Instructions for Adding Outputs in RMS *
  • Request not to Assess form *

* Please note, documents are for 2020 submissions. These will be updated with documents for 2021 submissions as they become available from the ARC.

ARC Policies

Templates, forms and tools

  • Template - Part C1-DP20 Project Description*
  • Template - Part D7-DP21 ROPE Career Opportunities
  • Template - Part F1-DP21 ARC Budget Justification
  • Template - Part F2-DP21 Non-ARC Budget Justification
  • Template - Part G1-DP21 Research Support
  • Template - Part G2-DP21 Statements on Progress
  • CHANGES FROM 2019 submissions*
  • ROPE - Research Outputs (was D7) - text field at D18 (no more than 3750 characters)
  • ROPE - Research Outputs Listing including Ten Career-Best Research Outputs (was D8 & D9) - automatically populated from the 'Research Outputs' section within participant's RMS profile, now at D19. Link is available within the application to outputs listed under your profile. Instructions for adding documents to your profile.
  • Certification Form - all participants
  • Deakin University Salary Calculator
  • Deakin University Data Management advice
  • Guidance Sheet for Completing ARC Project Budgets

* Please note, documents and information are for 2020 submissions. These will be updated with documents for 2021 submissions as they become available from the ARC.