Key dates for ARC Discovery Projects 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 1 September 2017
  • Proposals open in Research Management System (RMS): 13 November 2017
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 10 January 2018
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 24 January 2018
  • Full applications due to UQR&I: 24 January 2018
  • Full applications close with ARC: 21 February 2018
  • Rejoinder period: 7 June - 21 June 2018
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on the ARC website


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. UQR&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 to UQR&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas and, where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the following: 


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, UQR&I holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts.