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Closed Grant Opportunity View - GO6544

NISDRG (Intelligence Challenges) for funding commencing in 2024

Contact Details

Director – Research Grants Services

(02) 6206 7206



Office of National Intelligence
Close Date & Time:
4-Dec-2023 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
NI24 Round 1
Primary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
Secondary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Australian Research Council (ARC) on behalf of the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) is conducting a grant opportunity for the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.

NISDRG supports and identifies excellent innovative research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security threats.

NISDRG provides support to research that aligns with the priority research areas identified by the Australian Government. These research areas are outlined in the Intelligence Challenges developed under the broad National Security Science and Technology Priorities. For more information about the Intelligence Challenges, please see the documents attached to this GO.

The objectives of the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent fundamental research in areas identified in the Intelligence Challenges;
  • build Australia’s research capacity and capability in these areas by supporting researchers, fostering research trainees, and contribution to a greater body of open source research;
  • enhance collaboration in the research, science and technology community that supports Australia’s National Intelligence Communities; and
  • support systematic and coordinated engagement between the research, science and technology community and Australia’s National Intelligence Communities.

Only the successful EOI (EINI24) applicants will be invited to submit a full application form for NI24 Round 1.

An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation 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.

Roles that named participants may be nominated for under NI23 are:

  • Chief Investigator
  • NISDRG Fellowship
  • Partner Investigator

Applications must nominate the following named participants to be eligible:

  • At least one eligible CI or NISDRG Fellowship from the Administering Organisation.

An application may also include additional Other Eligible Organisations and Other Organisations.

All organisations participating in the application must be Australian organisations.

An Other Organisation named on an application must have a Partner Investigator (PI) listed.

Chief Investigators, NISDRG Fellowship and Partner Investigators must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or holders of a New Zealand Special Category Visa.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Funding may be sought for up to three years.

Total Amount Available (AUD):


Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $400,000.00 to $800,000.00

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 ONI.

Administering Organisations must submit applications through the specific ONI portal of RMS unless otherwise advised by the ONI.

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 ONI portal of the Research Management System is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research proposals, assessments and rejoinders for the Australian Research Council (ARC) on behalf of the Office of National Intelligence (ONI)

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

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Contact Details

Director – Research Grants Services

(02) 6206 7206