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: TBA
  • 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: October 2018


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: 


Please see below for the suite of templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application.  Additional templated will be made advailable in the coming weeks.

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.