The ARC is a Commonwealth entity that administers the National Competitive Grants Program which is a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development.
The ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines (excluding clinical and other medical research).
Funding schemes currently offered:
ARC National Interest Test
On 27 November 2018, the federal Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan, announced the new National Interest Test (NIT) for research grants. The statement replaces the “benefit and impact” section of grant applications and applies to all selection rounds that have opened since that date, i.e. Discovery (DP20), Indigenous Discovery (IN20), Linkage (LP19) and Linkage Infrastructure (LIEF20).
The intent of the NIT is to provide a statement to enable the community to understand that the government’s investment in research is worthwhile. This is defined as, “the extent to which the research contributes to Australia’s national interest through its potential to have economic, commercial, environmental, social or cultural benefits to the Australian community”
- Discovery Projects
- Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- Future Fellowships
- Australian Laureate Fellowships
- Discovery Indigenous
- Linkage Projects
- Industrial Transformation Research Programme
- Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
- ARC Centres of Excellence
- Co-funded Centres
- Special Research Initiatives
- Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects