Downloadable PDF version—ARC Post Award Guidance including Major Investments: Responding to the impact of COVID-19. 

The ARC understands this is a difficult time for ARC-funded researchers and research administrators with the impact being realised in a number of ways. The ARC is maintaining flexibility and is streamlining its post award processes to support researchers and administrators working on current projects that have been impacted by COVID-19.

To assist with minimising the administration of current projects, temporary measures in post award processes are being implemented including those for ARC Major Investments.

The ARC will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and provide additional advice on any further modifications made for post award arrangements, including for grants arising out of new selection rounds.

These arrangements seek to provide a balance between the ARC’s accountability for expenditure of public money and easing the burden on researchers and research offices.

Should you wish to discuss particular circumstances and options, please contact the ARC’s post award team ( as the ARC will assess requests on a case-by-case basis.

  • All participants should be familiar with the Grant Guidelines and Grant Agreement relevant to their grant.
  • Information on how to submit a Variation is available on the ARC Website
  • The following acronyms are used for ARC schemes: Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL); ARC Centres of Excellence (CE); Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA); Discovery Indigenous (IN); Discovery Projects (DP); Future Fellowships (FT); Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP), Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (IH); Industrial Transformation Training Centres (IC); Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF); Linkage Projects (LP).
  • ‘Major Investment grants’ are ARC Centres of Excellence (CE or Centre); Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (IH or Research Hub); Industrial Transformation Training Centres (IC or Training Centre); Special Research Initiatives (SRI).