ARC Discovery Projects

ARC Discovery Projects


The objectives of the ARC Discovery Projects scheme are to:

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

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.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health 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

Key Dates

For funding commencing in 2019:

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

ARC Funding Rules released: Friday 1 September 2017
ARC opening date in RMS: Monday 13 November 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 24 January 2018
Request Not to Assess due at Research Services: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Request Not to Assess due at ARC: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Research Services compliance check deadline: Wednesday 7 February 2018
ARC closing date: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Rejoinders open in RMS: Thursday 7 June 2018
Rejoinder strategic review deadline: Thursday 14 June 2018
Rejoinder compliance check deadline: 9 am Wednesday 20 June 2018
ARC rejoinder deadline: 5 pm Thursday 21 June 2018
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2018


Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Form
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policyv2017.1

MQ DP19 Advice Toolkit - v2
MQ DP19 Budget Calculator
Summary of MQ ERA 2015 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)
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder

2018 Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Scheme
Request an MQRES allocation

Certifications for 2019 Discovery Projects


Workshop 1: Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE)
Arts and Social Sciences:  Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]
Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 2: Developing your Project Description
Arts and Social Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]
Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 3: Building your Budget
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 4: Crafting an Effective Rejoinder
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream] Advice Document [PDF]

ContactsInformation and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Dr Ross Hill
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737
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