For Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) FAQs please visit the ERA FAQs page.  

FAQs for researchers applying for grants are available from individual scheme pages or via the Information for Applicants page.

For FAQs on this new website please visit the New Australian Research Council website page.

You have announced funding outcomes, but I can't see them. Why haven't they been updated?

You may be viewing a cached version of the webpage from your browser from a previous visit to the ARC website. Please ensure you refresh your browser to ensure you are viewing the most up-to-date version of content—this includes refreshing the ARC home page. Check that the date of the page last updated at the bottom of the page is the current date.. Details regarded funded grants are also now available from our Funding Announcements web page in the ARC Research Management System (RMS). To view recently announced funding outcomes please visit our RMS Funding Announcements page.

I want to find out information about projects recently awarded funding by the ARC. Where can I find it?

You can find more information in a number of ways:

  • Via the 'Outcomes' page—details on funding awarded in the most recent round of each scheme is accessible by following the click path Funded Grants > Outcomes. All schemes are divided according to whether they belong to the Discovery or Linkage Programme. For example, Fellowship schemes are under the Discovery Programme, whereas Centres of Excellence are listed under the Linkage Programme. Click on the relevant programme to be taken to a listing of all schemes under that programme. Click on the scheme you are interested in, which opens the 'accordion', and refer to the PDF or Word document which contain details of funded projects. The selection report documents have high level statistics, and the listings by state/organisation have details on all projects funded. These documents relate to the latest round. If you are looking for the funding outcomes from an older round, please visit the ARC Archive website.
  • Via the Funding Announcement Kits page—for media purposes, some research projects will be highlighted in media releases or funding example sheets which are part of our funding announcement kits on the website. Note these kits do not typically include a full list of projects. For full project details for that announcement, visit the Outcomes as described above.
  • Grants Dataset—the full datasets of awarded grants are available on our Grants Dataset page, accessible through the click path Funded Grants > Grants Dataset. You can search via our web-based ARC Grants Search tool or you can manually search through our Excel spreadsheets.
  • If you still can't find what you are looking for, email communications[@]arc.gov.au.

I am a researcher. What opportunities are there to apply for funding with the ARC?

A researcher can't apply directly to the ARC for funding. Funding is not provided to individuals as it is administered only to eligible organisations (i.e. universities and some publicly funded research agencies) for successful research projects under the National Competitive Grants Programme. Eligibility also differs between ARC schemes. Funding proposals are put forward by researchers through their university research office and are considered for funding through a competitive process.

There are a number of funding schemes available through the ARC, each with different aims, rules and eligibility. You can find out more about each scheme from the Funding Opportunities page of the ARC website. Researchers at an Australian university are also encouraged to contact their institution's research office for more information.

How do I find out more information about each funding scheme administered by the ARC?

Fact sheets—We have a series of Fact sheets on our website providing information about each funding scheme, Excellence in Research for Australia, Open Access and the ARC in general. Fact sheets can be found by following the click path: Media Centre > Resources > Fact Sheets.

Scheme web pages—you can read more about each scheme via the Funding Opportunities page of the ARC website. All schemes are listed on this page—you can click on an individual scheme for a basic description or click through to the ‘accordian’ for greater detail including the funding rules, instructions to applicants and previous funding outcomes.

What happens after I apply for a research grant—what is the assessment process at the ARC?

There is a rigorous peer review assessment process that begins when a funding round closes for applications. . The ARC has developed a flow chart, which demonstrates the ARC grants assessment process from application through to announcement. Please note that the process varies for some schemes, in particular ARC Centres of Excellence. Please see ARC Assessment Cycle.

Where can I find information about ERA and the ERA National Reports?

The ARC is responsible for administering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), which aims to identify and promote excellence across the full spectrum of research activity in Australia's higher education institutions.

Two full ERA rounds have been undertaken to date, the first in 2010 and the second in 2012. ERA 2015 is currently underway. General information about ERA can be found on the ERA pages of the ARC website. The National Reports for completed ERA rounds are also available from the ERA pages of our website or the ‘Publications’ section within the Media Centre.

How do I contribute to any consultation processes underway at the ARC?

On occasion the ARC will consult with the higher education and research sector regarding ARC core business, funding schemes and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). If there is a consultation round open, the documents for consultation will appear on the Consultations page of the ARC website ERA consultations will also be published to the ERA consultations page.

I am concerned about the integrity of an ARC-funded research project or researcher. How do I ensure my concerns are heard?

ARC-funded research should comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code). Research involving humans or animals must comply with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) codes (please note, this is an external link). See also National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

The ARC has processes in place for handling research misconduct allegations associated with ARC funding. All ARC policy documents can be found by following the click path Policies and Strategies > Research Policies.

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Is there a body or committee that investigates or reviews research misconduct allegations?

The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) was established in February 2011 and was jointly established by the ARC and the NHMRC.

The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct. This system is intended to ensure that institutions investigate such allegations and observe proper process in doing so.

Note that ARIC does not enquire into allegations of research misconduct (as distinct from allegations or complaints about institutions' processes in response to allegations of research misconduct).

More information, including the ARIC Framework, can be found on the Research Integrity page

What are the requirements around the dissemination of my ARC supported research (including data)?

The ARC's Open Access Policy for ARC-funded research requires that any publications arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a 12-month period from the date of publication. Project Final Reports must also outline how data arising from the project has been made publicly accessible where appropriate.

The policy has been incorporated into all new Funding Rules and Agreements released after 1 January 2013 and can be found on the ARC Open Access Policy page of the ARC website.

My company is interested in developing collaborative research partnerships with universities. Is there ARC funding available to support this?

The ARC has a number of funding schemes within our Linkage Programme that support industry/university collaborative partnerships. Information about these schemes is available under the Funding Opportunities menu item on the ARC website.

If I can't find what I am looking for on your website, who can I contact?

  • General information: information[@]arc.gov.au.
  • Funding scheme information: ncgp[@]arc.gov.au.
  • Excellence in Research for Australia: era[@]arc.gov.au
  • Web assistance: ARC-Internet-Publishingrequests[@]arc.gov.au
  • RMS (application) assistance: rms[@]arc.gov.au
  • Media assistance: communications[@]arc.gov.au
  • More contact details can be found on the Contact page