Key dates for ARC Discovery Projects 2023

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: TBA
  • Applications open in RMS: TBA
  • Research Office information session
  • Notice of Intent: TBA
  • Requests Not to Assess due to Research Office: TBA
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Full applications close with ARC: TBA
  • Rejoinder period: TBA
  • UQ R&I Rejoinder Information Session: TBA
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA


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 2023 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 Application Certification Form to UQ R&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Pending and Newly Funded ARC grants form.
  • If you are lodging a Request not to Assess, please note that the process has changed. Applicants should complete the Request Not to Assess form in RMS and then submit to the Research Office for review. Instructions for creating a RNTA will be available on GrantConnect.
  • 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

Please note DP23 templates required for your application will be available in the days after the ARC opens the round.


When the grant round opens, 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.