The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP).

NCGP structure diagram

As part of its commitment to nurturing the creative abilities and skills of Australia's most promising researchers, the NCGP provides:

  • support for the highest-quality research leading to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge
  • financial assistance towards facilities and equipment that researchers need to be internationally competitive
  • support for the training and skills development of the next generation of researchers
  • incentives for Australia’s most talented researchers to work in partnership with leading researchers throughout the national innovation system and internationally, and to form alliances with Australian industry.

The NCGP comprises two main elements—Discovery and Linkage—under which the ARC funds a range of complementary schemes to support researchers at different stages of their careers, build Australia’s research capability, expand and enhance research networks and collaborations, and develop centres of research excellence.

National Competitive Grant Programme (NCGP)Discovery programme content is:Australian Laureate FellowshipsDiscovery ProjectsDiscovery Early Career Research AwardDiscovery IndigenousFuture FellowshipsLinkage programme content is:ARC Centres of ExcellenceCo-Funded CentresIndustrial Transformation Research ProgrammeLinkage ProjectsLinkage Infrastructure Equipment and FacilitiesLinkage Learned Academics Special ProjectsSpecial Research Initiative

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