The Australian Research Council (ARC) is aware that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting researchers and research organisations across Australia in a variety of ways, including those involved with current ARC-funded research projects and those preparing ARC grant applications. 

While the ARC is monitoring the situation closely—including taking into account the advice being issued by the Australian Government, and in particular, the Chief Medical Officer—the agency is continuing to administer the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) in accordance with our standard processes to manage grant applications, peer review and post-award activities and has been working with affected Administering Organisations.

Under our standard processes, we offer our support to any administering organisations and their researchers directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • Extensions to submit grant applications
    ARC Grant Guidelines allow for late grant applications to be submitted in exceptional circumstances (including natural disasters). In accordance with relevant Grant Guidelines, if administering organisations and their researchers have been directly affected by Coronavirus, Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) or equivalent may formally write to the ARC to request an extension due to exceptional circumstances. Noting, extension requests must be submitted in advance of the application deadline and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Extensions to post-award reporting obligations and variations to current research projects
    In relation to mandatory post-award reporting obligations, Research Office Directors can seek extensions to deadlines where the Administering Organisation or their researchers have been directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Research Office Directors may also seek ARC assistance with post-award project variation approvals where research projects and researchers have been directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. ARC Grant Agreements allow for post award variations to research projects due to changes in circumstances, including scope changes, personnel changes, suspensions and extensions to end dates. The ARC will consider any post award variation requests submitted by Administering Organisations on a case-by-case basis.

In the first instance, individual researchers are encouraged to contact their Research Office, if they have any questions or require assistance with ARC grant applications and/or ARC-funded research projects.

If Administering Organisations require assistance, please contact the ARC via ARC-NCGP@gov.au or ARC-Postaward@arc.gov.au.

We wish all our Administering Organisations and their researchers well during this time.