Post-award management is the ongoing management of Projects funded under the National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP). It covers the life of the Project from Announcement, through to the conclusion of the Project and the submission of the Final Report. 

Reporting Requirements

Reports for ARC-funded Projects and Fellowships are important elements in ensuring the accountability and good management practise, for publicly funded research. Reports also assist in drawing both the ARC and the Research Office staff to concerns and problems that researchers face.

Outcome reporting plays an increasingly significant role in government research funding and policy. The ARC compiles statistics on the outcomes from publicly funded research. Final Reports provide information on the number and types of outcomes that have been generated, the research training that has been supported, and the research personnel involved. Statistical information compiled from these reports supports the ARC's advocacy for the funding of quality research that brings economic, social and cultural benefit to the Australian community.

Relevant reporting requirements for each Project are outlined in the applicable scheme/round Funding Agreement.

Subject to the Funding Contract/Agreement for specific schemes, the ARC reserves the right to withhold payment of further instalments of any funded project until the appropriate reports have been received and assessed as satisfactory.

Variation to a Funding Agreement 

Over the duration of a project changes in circumstances may necessitate a Variation of the Funding Agreement (VFA) or a Partner/Participating Organisation Agreed Contribution Report (POACR).

VFAs and POACRs must be requested through the Research Office of the Administering Organisation. Requests must be submitted via RMS by Research Office staff.

Research Office instructions for completing and submitting a VFA and/or POACR.  PDF Format (1MB) –  Word Format (1MB)

For a select number of variations, that cannot be processed via RMS, the following form must be submitted to the ARC for processing. For full details please refer to the Research Office instructions for completing and submitting a VFA and/or POACR.

Variation of Funding Agreement Proforma PDF Format (493KB) Word Format (63KB)

Please note: For Variations to Centres Projects, please refer to the Funding Agreement for full details on required documentation

All variations using the above form must be submitted via email to Please do not submit a variation request without a completed form. Please also note that the ARC does not answer hypothetical questions in relation to Variation of Funding Agreement requests.