Purpose and Principles

The ARC is committed to maximising the benefits to Australia from ARC funded research through the effective management and use of intellectual property (IP) arising from ARC funded research. This policy supports this commitment and sets out the IP requirements for the NCGP, ERA and EI.  

This policy is designed to facilitate an adaptable research and innovation environment, in which ARC funded research can be used widely and the benefits can be realised for Australia.

The ARC does not seek to own, or benefit from, IP created from ARC funded research. IP arising from ARC funded research will vest as agreed between the organisations collaborating on the research.   

The ARC has adopted a flexible approach to IP with a focus on:

  • supporting a collaborative research sector encompassing the Australian and international higher education sectors, industry, business and government;
  • enabling access for business and industry, as major investors in research and innovation, to IP arising from ARC funded research; 
  • implementing mechanisms to ensure ARC funded research can be best utilised through IP sharing; and 
  • supporting the protection of IP.


For the purposes of this policy, IP rights means all copyright, patents, registered and unregistered trademarks (including service marks), registered designs, and other rights resulting from intellectual activity (other than moral rights under the Copyright Act 1968).


National Competitive Grants Program 

All ARC grants must comply with the IP requirements detailed in the applicable ARC Funding Rules/Grant Guidelines and Funding/Grant Agreements, the National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research, and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The Funding/Grant Agreement requires that Administering Organisations adhere to an IP policy that maximises the benefits to Australia arising from the research.

Specific IP requirements for Participating Organisations are also detailed in the Funding/Grant Agreement.

ERA and EI 

Institutions participating in ERA and EI must comply with the IP requirements as set out in the applicable:

  • ERA Submission Guidelines
  • EI Submission Guidelines

These requirements include, but are not limited to, where a participating institution owns IP rights or has a right to sublicense, they must provide an express licence to the ARC for the use of material in ERA and/or EI submissions—noting the ARC may use this material for the purposes of ERA and EI, policy development and program management.

Relevant Documents

Documents relevant to the ARC Intellectual Property Policy can be located at the links below.


ERA and EI:

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