Key dates for ARC Discovery Projects 2022

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Applications open in RMS: 11 November 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session:  Thursday 14 January 2021, 10.00 - 11.30am, will be held by Zoom -
  • Notice of Intent: open
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 27 January 2021
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 27 January 2021
  • Full applications close with ARC: 24 February 2021
  • Rejoinder period: 8 - 22 June 2021
  • UQ R&I Rejoinder Information Session: 10 June 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: Midday 15 June 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2021

*Applications submitted internally after 17 February 2021 will only receive UQ R&I eligibility and compliance review; grantsmanship feedback will not be provided.  


The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding to support excellent basic and applied research projects by individuals or teams. The scheme provides funding between $30,000 and $500,000 per year for up to five consecutive years in order to encourage research and research training in high-quality environments, enhance international collaboration in research, and expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.

How to apply

Internal Notice of Intent process

All researchers intending to submit an ARC DP application for funding in 2022 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent. NOIs will be collated centrally and distributed to Faculties and Institutes in order to provide maximum support to the UQ research community.

Step 1. RMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Australian Research Council (ARC) and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed Funding Coversheet and a completed UQ Pending and Newly Funded ARC grants form to UQ R&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required).

Additional ARC documents



Additional Resources

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the ARC assessment and rejoinder process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.

To assist researchers to prepare rejoinders, UQ R&I holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts and posts the session materials.