For information on recently announced grant outcomes under the Discovery Projects scheme please visit the following pages:

The Discovery Projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

The Discovery Projects scheme objectives are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams;
  • support national and international research collaboration; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas

The intended outcomes of the Discovery Projects scheme are:

  • expanded knowledge base and research capacity in Australia; and
  • economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Funding Rules/Grant Guidelines and Funding/Grant Agreements. Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams.

The Discovery Projects scheme provides project funding of between $30,000 and $500,000 per year for up to five consecutive years. Project funding may be used for: personnel, for example, research associates or assistants and technicians and stipends for higher degree by research students; teaching relief; access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services; essential field research; expert third party services; equipment and consumables; publication and dissemination of outputs and outreach; specialised computer equipment and software; travel costs essential to the project; web hosting and development; workshops, focus groups and conferences; and essential support costs for researchers who are carers or who personally require care or assistance. 

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for Discovery Projects 2022 are now available on GrantConnect.

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Documents and Information for the Discovery Projects 2022