On 13 October 2020 the Office of National Intelligence and the Department of Defence announced the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) program.  

The NISDRG program supports excellent research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security interests. The grants program will facilitate innovation and develop national security and intelligence capacity. It will also enable Australia’s National Intelligence and Security Communities to systematically engage with Australia’s research and technology community. 

The NISDRG program provides support to research that aligns with the priority research areas identified by the Australian Government. These research areas are outlined in the Intelligence Challenges and the National Security Challenges developed under the broad National Security Science and Technology Priorities. 

Funding for NISDRG Program 

NISDRG provides project funding of between $400,000 and $600,000 per project for up to three years. Grant opportunities are opened once a year from 2020-21.

It is a requirement that all named investigators and personnel that receive salary support or stipends be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand Special Category Visa Holders. 

Please refer to the Grant Guidelines for more information on what project funding may be used for. 

Applicants must read the Grant Guidelines for National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants program.

Key Dates for NISDRG Program 

Key Dates for NISDRG Program Round 3 (for funding commencing in 2023)

Applications will open in the second half of 2022.

Key Dates for NISDRG Program Round 2 (for funding commencing in 2022)

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 24 September 2021  
  • Applications Open: 24 September 2021  
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 12 November 2021  
  • Applications Close: 26 November 2021  
  • Rejoinders: 2 February 2022 to 16 February 2022 
  • Anticipated Announcement: Third Quarter 2022 
  • Grant Funding Commencement: 1 July 2022 
  • Final Project Start for Grant Opportunity: 31 December 2022 

NISDRG Program Round 1 (for funding commencing in 2021)

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 13 October 2020 
  • Applications Open: 27 October 2020 
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 2 December 2020 
  • Applications Close: 16 December 2020 
  • Rejoinders: 5 February 2021 to 18 February 2021 (previously 4 February 2021 to 17 February 2021)
  • ONI Announcement: 28 September 2021
  • Defence Announcement: 28 September 2021
  • Grant Funding Commencement: 1 July 2021
  • Final Project Start for Grant Opportunity: 31 December 2021

NISDRG Opportunities

Each Grant Opportunity will be managed through an individual dedicated version of the Research Management System (RMS). 

NISDRG Round 2 Webinar (For funding commencing 2022)

An information webinar was held 15 October 2021 to provide information to university Research Offices and potential eligible applicants about NISDRG.

To view the recording of the webinar, copy the link below to your web browser 
Passcode: NB26MM!s

The FAQ’s on GrantConnect have been updated with questions raised during the webinar.

Outcome Announcements 

Announcement of Grant Outcomes Information

For information about Announcement under Embargo, Grant Offer and Acceptance and Appeals, please see ARC Research Grants Services: Announcement of Grant Outcomes Information | Australian Research Council.

RMS Announcements

RMS Announcements for the NISDRG Program can be found on the ONI and Defence individual dedicated Announcement pages; 

NISDRG Grants Management  

The ARC is supporting the grants administration of the NISDRG Program funded by ONI and Defence. Please see the RGS Grant Management page for more information

Links to RMS 

Click the buttons below to go to the ONI and Defence RMS portals:

Research Grants Services (RGS) Update 

More Information 

More information about the NISDRG program as well as requirements for applicants are on GrantConnect.   

Information on administrative processes specific to the NISDRG program: 

If you cannot find the information you require in the available documentation, please contact