The Research Management System (RMS) is a web-based system used by multiple agencies to manage their research grants program's processes for functions such as: submissions, assignment and assessment, rejoinders, announcement, offers and acceptance.RMS is also used for post-award activities such as variations, end of year reporting, and final reports. 

RMS Key Information 

Browser requirements 

RMS is compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Compatibility with different browsers or older versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge is not guaranteed. 

Password security 

To comply with the security requirements of all Australian government systems, and protect the information that is held in RMS, the ARC must enforce strict password controls in RMS, including the requirement to reset passwords every 90 days.

Key documents and links 

Contact Information

Participants should direct requests for information to the Research Office or Lead Agent. For other queries, please contact the RMS Support team on 02 6287 6789 or email RMSSupport@arc.gov.au

RMS Instance Information 

As per the Research Grant Services page the ARC is providing grants administration services to other Australian Government entities who are managing grant programs focussed on the university and research sector. This initiative has resulted in the availability of multiple RMS instances for the input and management of applications, assessments and post award activities. Below you will find information regarding Government entities utilising RMS for services and link and information to the relevant RMS instance. 

Australian Research Council

For more information about the Australian Research Council (ARC), please see the ARC webpages.

For more information on the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) please see the NCGP webpages. 

Link to the ARC version of RMS 

When to use RMS for the Australian Research Council 

  • To update personal details 
  • To submit an application in an NCGP scheme round 
  • To submit an assessment in an NCGP scheme round 
  • To submit a rejoinder for an NCGP scheme round in response to external assessment comments 
  • To view outcomes of an NCGP scheme round 
  • To accept grant agreements and offers for an NCGP 
  • To submit Variations to Grant Agreement (Variation) for NCGP funded projects 
  • To submit Partner/Participating Organisation Agreed Contribution Report (POACR) for NCGP funded projects 
  • To submit End of Year Reports (EoYR) for NCGP funded projects 
  • To submit Final Reports for NCGP funded projects 

Department of Education, Skills and Employment

For more information about the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), please see the DESE webpages.

Please visit the RMS for National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy page for more information about DESE use of RMS.

Link to the DESE version of RMS 

When to use RMS for the Department of Education, Skills and Employment 

  • To update personal details 
  • To accept grant agreements and offers for NCRIS funded projects 
  • To submit Variations to Grant Agreement (Variations) for NCRIS funded projects 
  • To submit mandatory reports for NCRIS funded projects 

Office of National Intelligence

For more information on the Office of National Intelligence (ONI) please see the ONI webpages. 

Please visit the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) page for more information on the NISDRG grant program.

Link to the ONI version of RMS 

When to use RMS for the Office of National Intelligence 

  • To update personal details 
  • To submit an application in a scheme round for the Intelligence Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To submit an assessment in a scheme round Intelligence Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To submit a rejoinder in response to external assessment comments for the Intelligence Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To view outcomes of a scheme round for the Intelligence Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To accept grant agreements and offers for the Intelligence Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To submit Variations to Grant Agreement (Variation) for funded Intelligence Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit Partner/Participating Organisation Agreed Contribution Report (POACR) for funded Intelligence Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit End of Year Reports (EoYR) for funded Intelligence Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit Final Reports for funded Intelligence Challenge NISDRG Projects 

Department of Defence

For mornign information on the Department of Defence, please see the Australian Defence Force webpages.

Please visit the RMS for National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) page for more information on the NISDRG grant program.

Link to the Defence version of RMS 

When to use RMS for the Department of Defence 

  • To update personal details 
  • To submit an application in a scheme round for the Security Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To submit an assessment in a scheme round Security Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To submit a rejoinder in response to external assessment comments for the Security Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To view outcomes of a scheme round for the Security Challenges of the NISDRG 
  • To accept grant agreements and offers for funded Security Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit Variations to Grant Agreement (Variation) for funded Security Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit Partner/Participating Organisation Agreed Contribution Report (POACR) for funded Security Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit End of Year Reports (EoYR) for funded Security Challenge NISDRG Projects 
  • To submit Final Reports for funded Security Challenge NISDRG Projects