The Australian Research Council Act 2001 requires the ARC to prepare funding rules for each funding scheme it administers for each calendar year. Funding rules provide applicants with information about a scheme, eligibility requirements, the application, selection and approval processes, and requirements for the administration of funding.

Discovery Programme

Australian Laureate Fellowships

  • For funding commencing in 2016*
    PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *The relevant parts for Australian Laureate Fellowships proposals are Part A and Part B. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Australian Laureate Fellowships proposals.
  • Changes to the Australian Laureate Fellowships Funding Rules for 2016
    PDF Format (3474KB) – Word Format (89KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (532KB) – Word Format (174KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (733KB) – RTF Format (93KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 – PDF Format (241KB) – RTF Format (2.5MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2010 – PDF Format (242KB) – RTF Format (2.5MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2009 – PDF Format (316KB) – RTF Format (1.37MB)

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • For funding commencing in 2017*
    PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award proposals are Part A and Part D. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Early Career Researcher Award proposals.
  • Changes to the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Funding Rules for 2017
    PDF Format (405KB) – Word Format (91KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (339KB) – Word Format (95KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (166KB) – Word Format (147KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (143KB) – RTF Format (1.59MB)

Discovery Projects

  • For funding commencing in 2017*
    PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB) 
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Projects proposals are Part A and Part C. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Projects proposals.
  • Changes to the Discovery Projects Funding Rules for 2017
    PDF Format (474KB) – Word Format (87KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (172KB) – Word Format (159KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (162KB) – Word Format (238KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (294KB) – RTF Format (188KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 – PDF Format (238KB) – RTF Format (1.71MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2010 – PDF Format (368KB) – RTF Format (669KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2009 – PDF Format (424KB) – RTF Format (677KB)

Discovery Indigenous

  • For funding commencing in 2017*
    PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Indigenous proposals are Part A and Part E. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Indigenous proposals.
  • Changes to the Discovery Indigenous Funding Rules for 2017
    PDF Format (475KB) – Word Format (88KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB) 
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instruments also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Projects schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB) 
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instruments also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Projects schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (158KB) – Word Format (161KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (160KB) – Word Format (153KB)

Future Fellowships

The Funding Rules for the 2015 round of Future Fellowships refer to the Strategic Research Priorities. Please view the Strategic Research Priorities page for more information. Moving forward ARC funding rules will refer to the Science and Research Priorities.

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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Linkage Programme

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

  • For funding commencing in 2017*
    PDF Format (769KB) – Word Format(226KB)
    *Please note: these Funding Rules also include the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Linkage Projects schemes.
  • Changes to the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Funding Rules for 2017
    PDF Format (503KB) – Word Format (90KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Linkage Learned Academics Special Projects

Linkage Projects

  • For funding commencing in 2016
    PDF Format (769KB) – Word Format (226KB)
    *Please note: these Funding Rules also include the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Changes to the Linkage Projects Funding Rules for 2016
    PDF Format (503KB) – Word Format (90KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

ARC Centres of Excellence

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (461KB) – Word Format (144KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 – RTF Format (144KB)

Co-funded Centres

  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Funding Rules PDF Format (233KB) – RTF Format (618KB)

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • For funding commencing in 2015*
    PDF Format (769KB) – Word Format (226KB)
    *Please note: these Funding Rules also include the Industrial Transformation Training Centres, Linkage Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Changes to the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs Funding Rules for 2015
    PDF Format (505KB) – Word Format (90KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres

  • For funding commencing in 2016*
    PDF Format (769KB) – Word Format (226KB)
    *Please note: these Funding Rules also include the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs, Linkage Projects and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities schemes.
  • Changes to the Industrial Transformation Training Centres Funding Rules for 2016
    PDF Format (506KB) – Word Format (90KB)

Funding Rules for previous years are stored in the ARC Archive website. The below links will take you directly to these documents. However, please note that documents in the ARC Archive website may not meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Special Research Initiatives

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