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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO3728

Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture for funding commencing 2020

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
6-May-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
Secondary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Special Research Initiatives (SRI) scheme provides funding for new and emerging fields of research and builds capacity in strategically important areas. The ARC currently funds several SRIs in a wide range of research areas.

Under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Initiatives scheme, the Australian Government will support projects in Australian society, history and culture.  

Up to $12 million in total funding for up to three years, will be available to support research grants with funding between $20,000 and $100,000 per year.  The funding will be available for research on Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, history, culture, literature, art, music, politics and geography.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent research into Australian society, history and culture; and
  • build Australian research capacity in this area by supporting researchers of the highest international standing as well as foster high-quality postdoctoral researchers.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • advance understanding, through the research projects, into the formation, development and standing of Australian society, history and culture; and
  • increase research capacity in Australia

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

All individuals named in an application must satisfy the eligibility criteria for the role they are to perform as at the Commencement Date and for the duration of the Project.

Applications under this grant opportunity must have:

• one or more Chief Investigators;

• none, one or more Partner Investigators;

• one or more Eligible Organisations (including the Administering Organisation); and

none, one or more Other Organisations.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Funding may be sought for a maximum of three consecutive years.

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $20,000.00 to $100,000.00

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 proposals, assessments and rejoinders for the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Registered users can login using your email address and password at To request a new account, go to and click on the Request New Account link.

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