ARC Discovery Projects

ARC Discovery Projects


The objectives of the ARC Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent pure basic, strategic basic and applied research, and research training, across all disciplines excluding clinical and other medical research, that addresses a significant problem or gap in knowledge and represents value for money;
  • expand research capacity in Australia by supporting excellent researchers and teams;
  • foster national and international research collaboration;
  • create new knowledge with economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

The minimum level of funding is $30,000 per year, with a maximum of $500,000 per year. Projects may be applied for and awarded funding for up to five consecutive years. Direct costs may be applied for, including for example personnel, equipment, maintenance, teaching relief, and travel.

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the date you select for your full application compliance and eligibility check in the booking calendar. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, full applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by your compliance and eligibility check date.

  • Full applications must be submitted to the Research Services Grant Development Team by your compliance and eligibility check date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

For funding commencing in 2025:

Grant Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants released by ARC: Monday 30 October 2023

Expressions of Interest:

  • EOIs open: Monday 22 January 2024
  • MQ RNTA deadline: Tuesday 6 February 2024
  • ARC RNTA deadline: Tuesday 13 February 2024
  • Optional strategic review: Please contact your Faculty Research Office
  • Mandatory compliance and eligibility check: 14 to 20 February 2024, select your date and time in this booking calendar
  • EOIs close: Tuesday 27 February 2024
  • EOI outcomes: 8 to 10 April 2024

Full Applications:

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change


Complete a Notification of Intent to inform the Grant Development Team and your Faculty of your intention to submit an application. After completing this NOI, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.


  1. Information session on the 2025 ARC Discovery Projects scheme
    29 November 2023
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Tiffany Jones (ARC College of Experts and Faculty of Arts)
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  2. Developing your ROPE for 2025 ARC Discovery Project EOI applications
    24 January 2024
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Daniela Traini (ARC College of Experts and Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences)
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  3. Developing your Project Description for 2025 ARC Discovery Project EOI applications
    30 January 2024
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Distinguished Prof Michael Gillings (ARC College of Experts and Faculty of Science and Engineering)
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]


  1. Discovery Projects 2025 Two-Stage Process
    Recording [YouTube]
  2. How to Pitch an EOI
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [YouTube]

Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy

MQ DP25 EOI Advice Toolkit
MQ DP25 EOI Grant Development and Submission Process
MQ DP25 Full Application Advice Toolkit
MQ DP25 Full Application Budget Calculator
MQ DP Career Interruption Certification Form
MQ DP Budget Calculator Online Demonstration
MQ DP25 EOI Instructions for Partner Investigators
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
Guide to Determining Journal Impact Factor, Quartile and Publication Percentile
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
MQ Conflict of Interest Policy
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder

Certification Form - this must be completed at the full application stage (not the EOI stage) by participants at non-MQ organisations in Australia. Overseas organisations do not need to complete the form. MQ CIs not in the same School or Department as the lead CI must also complete this form, as only the lead CI's HoS/HoD can sign off via Pure. Upload the completed form(s) to your Pure record by your mandatory compliance and eligibility check date.


Information, Strategic Advice, Compliance and Eligibility:

Grant Development Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

Faculty Contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

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