Key dates for ARC Discovery Projects 2021

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Applications open in RMS: 13 November 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: 10 January 2020
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 29 January 2020
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 29 January 2020
  • Full applications close with ARC: 26 February 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 18 June - 1 July 2020
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 24 June 2020
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2020


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

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
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • 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 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.