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 Australian Government's 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 2020:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Thursday 20 September 2018
Update to Grant Guidelines: Monday 10 December 2018
ARC opening date in RMS: Monday 10 December 2018
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 30 January 2019 - 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 27 February 2019
Rejoinder period: 12-26 June 2019
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2019

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.

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 DP20 Advice Toolkit - v1
MQ DP20 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)
Certifications for 2020 Discovery Projects
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder


Discovery Project workshop schedule for funding commencing in 2020. Workshops will be delivered for both the science disciplines and the arts and social science disciplines to provide highly-relevant advice to researchers. Workshops will also be attended by ARC College of Expert members as well as ARC grant recipients to provide attendees with insight from various perspectives. All researchers are welcome to attend.

Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence

Developing your Project Description

Changes to the Application from Last Round and Building your Discovery Project Budget
Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
21 November 2018
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Certifications for 2020 Discovery Projects

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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