Below you will find a calendar of key dates for the Australian Research Council, including current and previous funding scheme dates and major selection meetings.

Current Scheme Rounds

Note: The closing time for all Requests Not to Assess, Proposals Close, Deadline for withdrawal of Proposals and Rejoinders is 5.00pm Canberra time on the dates provided in the below table (unless otherwise stated).


Open Now

Linkage Projects for funding commencing 2017

The Linkage Projects scheme (2017 round) is run on a continuous basis and proposals can be submitted at any time up to 19 December 2017.

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 23 December 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: At time of proposal submission
  • Proposals Close: The last day for submitting proposals under the 2017 round of the Linkage Projects scheme is 19 December 2017.
  • Rejoinders: With the move to a continuous application process, there is not a fixed time for rejoinders.  The research office will be notified two weeks in advance of the rejoinder opening for a proposal and applicants will have approximately one week to complete the rejoinder after opening.
  • Announcement: Approximately six months from the proposal submission date*

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 9 May 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 14 June 2017
  • Proposals Open: 15 May 2017
  • Proposals Close: 28 June 2017
  • Rejoinders: Not applicable
  • Anticipated announcement: October 2017


Open Soon

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

Australian Laureate Fellowships 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 27 September 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 26 October 2017
  • Proposals Close: 9 November 2017
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Future Fellowships  2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 3 October 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 8 November 2017
  • Proposals Close: 22 November 2017
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 3 October 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 15 November 2017
  • Proposals Close: 29 November 2017
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Industrial Transformation Training Centres 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 3 October 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 15 November 2017
  • Proposals Close: 29 November 2017
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 8 January 2018
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 28 February 2018
  • Proposals Close: 14 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Discovery Projects 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 13 November 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 7 February 2018
  • Proposals Close: 21 February 2018
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Discovery Indigenous 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 21 November 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 13 March 2018
  • Proposals Close: 28 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals Open: 22 January 2018
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 14 March 2018
  • Proposals Close: 28 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC Centres of Excellence  2020

  • Release of Funding Rules: May 2018
  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) application period: 14 May 2018 to 20 June 2018
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 6 June 2018
  • Full Proposal application period: 19 September 2018 to 28 November 2018
  • Anticipated announcementTBA

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.


Schemes under assessment

The following scheme rounds are now closed for applications (with the exception of the Linkage Projects scheme).

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for funding commencing in 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 8 February 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 22 March 2017
  • Proposals Close: 10 April 2017
  • Rejoinders: Open 14 June 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEST) 28 June 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: September 2017

Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 23 January 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 15 March 2017
  • Proposals Close: 29 March 2017
  • Rejoinders: Open 8 June 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEST) 22 June 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: September 2017

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 16 January 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 8 March 2017
  • Proposals Close: 22 March 2017
  • Rejoinders: Open 9 June 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEST) 23 June 2017 
  • Anticipated announcement: September 2017

Linkage Projects 2017—Proposals submitted 23 December 2016 to 19 December 2017 

The Linkage Projects scheme (2017 round) is run on a continuous basis and proposals can be submitted at any time up to 19 December 2017.

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 23 December 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: At time of proposal submission
  • Proposals Close: The last day for submitting proposals under the 2017 round of the Linkage Projects scheme is 19 December 2017.
  • Rejoinders: With the move to a continuous application process, there is not a fixed time for rejoinders.  The research office will be notified two weeks in advance of the rejoinder opening for a proposal and applicants will have approximately one week to complete the rejoinder after opening.
  • Announcement: Approximately six months from the proposal submission date*

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2018

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 7 December 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 15 February 2017
  • Proposals Close: 1 March 2017
  • Rejoinders: Open 7 June 2017Close 5.00pm (AEST) 21 June 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: September 2017


Outcomes recently announced

The outcomes of the following scheme rounds have been announced.

For further details on funded projects or outcome media releases please visit the ARC Announcement Kits page.

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 11 October 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 1 December 2016
  • Proposals Close: 15 December 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 February 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 2 March 2017
  • Announcement: 5 June 2017

Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 11 October 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 1 December 2016
  • Proposals Close: 15 December 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 February 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 2 March 2017
  • Announcement: 5 June 2017

Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 18 October 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 23 November 2016
  • Proposals Close: 7 December 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 February 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 2 March 2017
  • Announcement: 5 June 2017

Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals Open: 5 October 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 16 November 2016
  • Proposals Close: 30 November 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 14 February 2017—Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 28 February 2017
  • Announcement: 5 June 2017 

Linkage Projects 2016—Proposals submitted 1 July to 22 December 2016

Please note that as of 1 July 2016, proposals can be submitted for the LP16 scheme at any time up until 22 December 2016. For further information, please see the scheme FAQs

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 1 July 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: Two weeks before proposal submission date
  • Proposals Close: 22 December 2016
  • Rejoinders: Approximately eight weeks from the proposal submission date*
  • Announcement: Approximately six months from the proposal submission date*

*Please note that these are approximate timeframes and are subject to change.

Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016

  • Release of Funding Rules: 12 February 2016
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Open: 22 February 2016
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Close: 4 March 2016
  • Proposals Open: 15 March 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 26 April 2016
  • Proposals Close: 10 May 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 11 July 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEST) 22 July 2016
  • Announcement:TBA

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for funding commending in 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 17 February 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 23 March 2016
  • Proposals Close: 6 April 2016
  • Rejoinders:  Open 16 June 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEST) 29 June 2016
  • Announcement: October/November 2016

Discovery Indigenous 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 3 February 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 17 March 2016
  • Proposals Close: 31 March 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 28 June 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEST) 11 July 2016
  • Announcement: October/November 2016

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Open: 13 January 2016
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Close: 27 January 2016
  • Proposals Open: 3 February 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close:  8 March 2016
  • Proposals Close: 22 March 2016
  • Rejoinders:  Open 16 June 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEST) 29 June 2016
  • Announcement: October/November 2016

Discovery Projects 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 9 December 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 17 February 2016
  • Proposals Close: 3 March 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 27 June 2016 Close 10.00am (AEST) 11 July 2016
  • Announcement: October/November 2016

ARC Centres of Excellence 2017—Full Proposal

  • Release of Funding Rules: n/a
  • Proposals Open: 7 October 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: n/a
  • Proposals Close: 16 December 2015
  • Rejoinders: 21 March 2016
  • Announcement: 8 September 2016

Australian Laureate Fellowships for funding commencing in 2016

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 29 September 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 3 November 2015
  • Proposals Close: 17 November 2015
  • Rejoinders: Open 10 February 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEDST) 23 February 2016
  • Announcement: 6 May 2016

Linkage Projects 2016—Proposals submitted by 11 November 2015

Linkage Projects for funding commencing in 2016 – Proposals submitted by 11 November 2015

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 16 September 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 28 October 2015
  • Proposals Close: 11 November 2015
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 February 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEDT) 29 February 2016
  • Announcement: 6 May 2016 (for Proposals submitted 16 September 2015 to 11 November 2015)

Industrial Transformation Research Hubs for funding commencing in 2015

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 10 September 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 26 November 2015
  • Proposals Close: 10 December 2015
  • Rejoinders: Open 23 February 2016 – Close 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday, 7 March 2016
  • Announcement: 6 May 2016

Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2016

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Proposals Open: 10 September 2015
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 26 November 2015
  • Proposals Close: 10 December 2015
  • Rejoinders: Open 23 February 2016 – Close 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday, 7 March 2016
  • Announcement: 6 May 2016

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