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.

You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

All Forecast Opportunities for Discovery Program are now available on GrantConnect.

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

Previous versions of Funding Rules are available on the Australian Government Web Archive (AGWA) snapshot of the ARC website. The links provided below will take you directly to these documents via an automatic prompt to download the document(s). 

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Australian Laureate Fellowships

Previous round's Funding Rules for Australian Laureate Fellowships

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2018* – PDF Format (989KB) – Word Format (260KB)
    *The relevant parts for Australian Laureate Fellowships Proposals are Part A and Part B. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Australian Laureate Fellowships Proposals.
    Changes to the Australian Laureate Fellowships Funding Rules for 2018 
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2017* – PDF Format (831KB) – Word Format (243KB)
    *The relevant parts for Australian Laureate Fellowships Proposals are Part A and Part B. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Australian Laureate Fellowships proposals.
    Changes to the Australian Laureate Fellowships Funding Rules for 2017
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (532KB) – Word Format (174KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (733KB) – RTF Format (93KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 – PDF Format (241KB) – RTF Format (2.5MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2010 – PDF Format (242KB) – RTF Format (2.5MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2009 – PDF Format (316KB) – RTF Format (1.37MB)

Discovery Projects

Previous round's Funding Rules for Discovery Projects

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019* – PDF Format (989KB) – Word Format (260KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Projects Proposals are Part A and Part F. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Projects Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Projects Funding Rules for 2019
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2018* – PDF Format (831KB) – Word Format (243KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Projects Proposals are Part A and Part F. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Projects Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Projects Funding Rules for 2018
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2017* – PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB) 
  • *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Indigenous schemes. Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
  • *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Indigenous schemes. Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
  • *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Indigenous schemes. Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (172KB) – Word Format (159KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (162KB) – Word Format (238KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (294KB) – RTF Format (188KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 – PDF Format (238KB) – RTF Format (1.71MB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2010 – PDF Format (368KB) – RTF Format (669KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2009 – PDF Format (424KB) – RTF Format (677KB)

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Previous round's Funding Rules for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019* – PDF Format (989KB) – Word Format (260KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals are Part A and Part D. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Funding Rules for 2019
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2018* – PDF Format (831KB) – Word Format (243KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals are Part A and Part D. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Funding Rules for 2018
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2017* – PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instrument also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (339KB) – Word Format (95KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (166KB) – Word Format (147KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012 – PDF Format (143KB) – RTF Format (1.59MB)

Discovery Indigenous

Previous round's Funding Rules for Discovery Indigenous

  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2019* – PDF Format (989KB) – Word Format (260KB)
         *The relevant parts for Discovery Indigenous Proposals are Part A and Part E. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Indigenous Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Indigenous Funding Rules for 2019
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2018* – PDF Format (831KB) – Word Format (243KB)
    *The relevant parts for Discovery Indigenous Proposals are Part A and Part E. The other parts of these Funding Rules relate to other schemes and are not relevant to Discovery Indigenous Proposals.
    Changes to the Discovery Indigenous Funding Rules for 2018
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2017* – PDF Format (846KB) – Word Format (197KB)
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instruments also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Projects schemes
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2016* – PDF Format (682KB) – Word Format (262KB) 
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instruments also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Projects schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2015* – PDF Format (687KB) – Word Format (209KB) 
    *Please note: this Funding Rules instruments also includes the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and Discovery Projects schemes.
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2014 – PDF Format (158KB) – Word Format (161KB)
  • Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 – PDF Format (160KB) – Word Format (153KB)

Future Fellowships

Previous round's Funding Rules for Future Fellowships

The Funding Rules for the 2015 round of Future Fellowships refer to the Strategic Research Priorities. Please view the Strategic Research Priorities page for more information. Moving forward ARC funding rules will refer to the Science and Research Priorities.