Key dates for National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) Program

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 24 September 2021
  • Proposals open in RMS: 24 September 2021
  • ARC-hosted Information Webinar: 10am AEST, 15 October 2021 (register here)
  • Research Office Notice of Intent close: 15 October 2021
  • Full applications due to the Research office: 1 November 2021
  • Requests not to Assess due to the Research Office: 5 November 2021
  • Full applications close with ARC: 26 November 2021
  • Rejoinder Period: 2 -16 February 2022
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 10 February 2022
  • Anticipated announcement: July 2022


The NISDRG program supports excellent research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security threats. The grants program will facilitate innovation and develop national security and intelligence capacity. It will also enable Australia’s National Intelligence and Security Communities to systematically engage with Australia’s research and technology community.

The NISDRG program provides support to research that aligns with the priority research areas identified by the Australian Government. These research areas are outlined in the Intelligence Challenges and the National Security Challenges developed under the broad National Security Science and Technology Priorities.

The National Security Challenges for the NISDRG Program for Funding commencing in 2022 are:

  • Resilient Supply Chains
  • Human Identification and Vulnerability Assessments
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) for Investigative Support and Forensics Science
  • Robust Consequences Management Improving Australia's Responses to, and Recovery from, Disasters and Emergencies.
  • Stand-Off/Remote Detection for 2040

How to apply

Internal Notice of Intent process

All researchers intending to submit a Round 2 NISDRG application are required to submit and 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

Log into RMS and complete the application within the Department of Defence RMS portal.

Step 3: Research Office 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 the Research Office at
  • If you are lodging a Request not to Assess, please note that the process has changed from last round. 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 are available on GrantConnect.
  • Internal review by the Research Office/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4: Final submission

Final submission by the Research Office 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).


UQ Documents


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.

The Research Office works closely with individual applicants in submitting rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars.

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The Research Office internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section.