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Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2019

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(02) 6287 6600

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Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
21-Dec-2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
FT19 Round 1
Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Future Fellowships grant opportunity provides support for excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

The intended outcome of the Future Fellowships grant opportunity is to contribute to the growth of Australia’s research and innovation capacity. Increasing Australia’s research and innovation capacity generates new knowledge and results in the development of new technologies, products and ideas, the creation of jobs, economic growth and an enhanced quality of life in Australia.

The objectives of the Future Fellowships grant opportunity are to:

• support outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions;

• build collaboration across industry and/or research organisations and/or disciplines;

• support research in Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities that will result in economic, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia; and

• strengthen Australia’s research capacity by supporting innovative, internationally-competitive research.

Preference will be given to Australian researchers.


An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the grant guidelines.


A Future Fellowship candidate must satisfy the eligibility criteria as listed in the grant guidelines.

Previous recipients, and an individual who has been nominated for a Future Fellowship on three previous occasions, is not eligible to apply for another Future Fellowship. This includes withdrawn and ineligible applications.

The application must list a Host Organisation, if the candidate proposes to undertake research at an organisation other than the Administering Organisation while holding a Future Fellowship.

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

  • only apply for one Future Fellowship in a given year;
  • have met the obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory final reports.
  • have an Award of PhD Date on, or between, 1 March 2004 and 1 March 2014; or
  • have a PhD award date together with allowable period of career interruption that would be commensurate with being awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2004. The allowable career interruptions that will be considered, and the period allowed for each is in Table 5 of the grant guidelines.

A Future Fellowship candidate can be concurrently funded through the Discovery Program for a maximum of: one ARC Fellowship and one project as a Chief Investigator (CI); or one ARC Fellowship or project if the individual is also a CI or Director on an active ARC Centre of Excellence or a Special Research Initiative project. Limits will be calculated at the closing time for submission of applications, and may be re-calculated as other grant opportunity announcements are made.

Notwithstanding the above, applications for Future Fellowships will not count towards the above limits.

Named participants on successful applications for Future Fellowships must meet the project limit requirements. 

Grant Activity Timeframe:

A project must be applied for and awarded funding for four consecutive years on a full-time basis. The Future Fellow may be employed on either a full-time, or a part-time basis subject to the employment conditions of the Administering Organisation provided that the Future Fellowship does not exceed eight years from the date of commencement (excluding any approved periods of suspension).

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $619,680.00 to $1,080,600.00
Instructions for Application Submission:

The application must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.

Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes. The ARC reserves the right to change these criteria in future funding rounds. Grant Guidelines for all ARC schemes may be found attached to the relevant Grant Opportunity.

Administering Organisations must submit applications through RMS unless otherwise advised by the ARC.

All applications must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the relevant scheme Instructions to Applicants. 

Other Instructions:

The Research Management System (RMS) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research applications, assessments and rejoinders for the Australian Research Council's National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Registered users can log in using their email address and password at

To request a new account, click on the Request New Account link.

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