Support for the National Security Challenges Grant Opportunity under the NISDRG program is offered by the Department of Defence National Security Science and Technology Centre (NSSTC).  

The National Security Challenges for the NISDRG program for funding commencing in 2021: 

Participants on applications for funding addressing the National Security Challenges must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand Special Category Visa Holders, and organisations participating as Other Organisations must be Australian organisations.  

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Grant Guidelines and Grant Agreements. Grants from the Department of Defence are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams. The Grant Guidelines contain the list of Eligible Organisations.  

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.  

The Grant Guidelines for the National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants are now available on GrantConnect

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities. 

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website.  

Key Documents and Information for the NISDRG 

Key Dates for NISDRG 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: 4 February 2021 to 17 February 2021 
  • Anticipated Announcement: Mid 2021 

Preparing and Submitting an Application for the NISDRG (National Security Challenges) 

Applications for the National Security Challenges Grant Opportunity under the NISDRG program must be prepared and submitted through the dedicated Research Management System (RMS) for the Department of Defence. The Department of Defence version of RMS will be available once applications are open.

Contact Information 

Further details will be provided on this webpage and GrantConnect over the next few weeks. 

For further information please contact nisdrg@arc.gov.au