Round Status: CLOSED

The ARC Discovery Projects scheme is funded under the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program.  The ARC's scheme objectives of Discovery Projects are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams;
  • encourage research and research training;
  • enhance international collaboration in research;
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.
The following are the key round dates for ARC Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2018:
Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals Open in RMS: 7 December 2016
Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 1 February 2017
Full applications (Internal UQR&I deadline): 1 February 2017
Full applications (External ARC deadline): 1 March 2017
Rejoinders Open: 7 June 2017
Rejoinders (Internal UQR&I deadline): 14 June 2017
Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): 21 June 2017
You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.
  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • E-mail your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please e-mail your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
    • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas and where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form.

For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinator, Matt Browne ( If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the UQR&I mailing list.

Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at:

Details of the UQR&I scheme Information Session are as follows:
  • Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2017
  • Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • St Lucia Venue: Room 212, Sir Llew Edwards Building #14
  • Gatton Venue (live stream): Room 153, Animal Studies Building #8150
  • Herston Venue (live stream): Room 416, Mayne Medical School Building #0881
For a copy of the presentation, please access our Workshop Presentations page.
The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC, and Applicants 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.

Details of the UQR&I Rejoinder Information Session will be published here once rejoinders are available in RMS and the ARC due date is known:

Following the session, a copy of the PowerPoint slides and recording of the session, will be available on the UQR&I Workshop Presentations page.
Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders will be shown in the Key Dates section above.