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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO2019

Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2020

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
27-Feb-2019 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
DP20 Round 1
Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Discovery Projects (DP) grant opportunity is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The DP grant opportunity provides project funding for research conducted by individuals and teams.

The objectives of the Discovery Projects grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams
  • encourage high-quality research and research and research training
  • enhance international collaboration in research
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability
  • enhance the scale an focus of research in the Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities.

An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the Grant Guidelines. The application must nominate at least one Chief Investigator (CI); the first named CI will be the Project Leader. Additional CIs and Partner Investigators (PIs) may be nominated in the application.

To be eligible to apply as a CI or PI the individual nominated must as at the grant opportunity closing date: have met their obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory final reports. 

To be eligible to hold the CI must meet at least one of the following criteria: be an employee for at least 20 per cent of full time equivalent (0.2 FTE) at an Eligible Organisation; or be a holder of an honorary academic appointment at an Eligible Organisation; a CI must reside predominately in Australia for the project activity period; a CI must not be undertaking a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) during the project activity period.

A CI can be concurrently funded through the Discovery Program for a maximum of: two projects as a CI; or one ARC Fellowship and one project as a 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.

To be eligible to apply as a PI the individual nominated must at the grant commencement date: not be eligible to be a CI.

To be eligible to hold, a PI: must not meet the eligibility criteria for a CI during the project activity period; be an employee of an Eligible Organisation who does not reside predominately in Australia may be a PI.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

A project may be applied for and awarded funding for up to five consecutive years

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $30,000.00 to $500,000.00

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 grant opportunities, as expressed in the relevant Grant Guidelines. 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 ARC’s Research Management System (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 in the Instructions to Applicants for the relevant grant opportunity.

Other Instructions:

All queries by researchers should be directed to the administering organisation of the application

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