Reminder: Applications for the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (Intelligence Challenges) and National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (National Security Challenges) programs for funding commencing in 2021 will close at 5:00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 16 December 2020.

The ARC is aware that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting researchers and research organisations across Australia in a variety of ways, including those preparing National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) grant applications. Individual researchers are encouraged to contact their Research Office, if they have any questions or require assistance with NISDRG grant applications.

All documentation for this grant opportunity is available on GrantConnect:

While the grant guidelines are available to view, you will need to register with GrantConnect to access all documentation.

For more information, please visit the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Grants Program 2021 page.

If you have questions regarding these programs, please email

Important note about automated eligibility management in RMS:

Eligibility checks are performed in RMS at various stages of the application submission process: whilst the form is being filled; on certification by the Administering Organisation; and at time of submission to the ARC, on behalf of Office of National Intelligence and Department of Defence.

The eligibility checking functions are not exhaustive and the ARC will undertake eligibility checking after close of submission. It remains the responsibility of the researchers and Research Officers to comply with the grant guidelines.