ARC Discovery Projects

ARC Discovery Projects


The objectives of the ARC Discovery Projects scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams;
  • support national and international research collaboration; 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.

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, Dr Jan Zwar

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 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

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 Macquarie University submission date. 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, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team by the MQ submission 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 Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

For funding commencing in 2022:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Tuesday 8 October 2019
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Faculty of Science and Engineering submission date: Wednesday 20 January 2021
Macquarie University submission date for all Faculties other than Science and Engineering: Wednesday 27 January 2021 - All complete applications and requests not to assess must be submitted internally by this date. Consult your Faculty Research Office for specific submission instructions.
Research Services submission to ARC: Wednesday 24 February 2021
Rejoinder period: Tuesday 8 June 2021 to Tuesday 22 June 2021
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2021

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


Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams 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. Developing your Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence for the Discovery Projects Scheme
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof David Coutts (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
    13 November 2020
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  2. Developing your Project Description for the Discovery Projects Scheme
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Roselyne Joyeux (Macquarie Business School)
    19 November 2020
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  3. Building your Discovery Project Budget
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
    25 November 2020
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]


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 DP22 Advice Toolkit
MQ DP22 Budget Calculator
MQ DP22 Scholarship Request Form
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)
Certifications for 2022 Discovery Projects
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
MQ Conflict of Interest Standards
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder

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

Faculty Research Managers (contact details above):
Jan Zwar, Faculty of Arts
Kyle Ratinac, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Irina Zakoshanski, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Agnieszka Baginska, Macquarie Business School

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 25 Nov 2020 1:35pm

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