Australian Research Council (ARC)


ARC Funding Timetable 2020/2021

See ARC Grants Calendar 

The ARC notes that dates may be subject to change at this stage


Schemes Now Open

Applications Open

Request Not to Assess RGC Deadline

Internal Deadline

ARC Deadline

Linkage Projects 2020 Round 3 13 August 2020 14 December 2020 19 November 2020 17 December 2020
Industrial Transformation Research Program 2021 10 September 2020 2 November 2020 21 October 2020 18 November 2020
Australian Laureate Fellowships 2021 11 September 2020 19 October 2020 14 October 2020 4 November 2020
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2022 16 September 2020 9 November 2020 4 November 2020 25 November 2020
Future Fellowship 2021 14 October 2020 23 November 2020 18 November 2020 9 December 2020

Schemes Opening Soon 2020/2021

Discovery Projects 2022 11 November 2020 8 February 2021 3 February 2021 24 February 2021
Discovery Indigenous 2022 25 November 2020 1 March 2021 24 February 2021 17 March 2021

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2022 

Notification of Intent Deadline 16 November 2020

27 January 2021 15 March 2021 10 March 2021 31 March 2021

ARC Centres of Excellence 2023 - EOI 

ARC Centres of Excellence 2023 - Full Application 

8 June 2021

8 December 2021

12 July 2021


30 June 2021

2 February 2022

28 July 2021

2 March 2022

**New process for requesting the ARC to review an Assessment:

During the Rejoinder period, the participants and Research Office staff may identify an assessment that contains inappropriate elements, as detailed below, and may wish to have this reviewed by the ARC.

To request the ARC to review an assessment, an ARC Assessment Review Request form (PDF Format - Word Format) must be submitted through the Research Office of the Administering Organisation. The form must be received within 3 days after opening of the Rejoinder period for all NCGP schemes with the exception of Linkage Projects where the form is to be received within 2 working days from the Rejoinder opening due to the nature of the scheme.

  • For NCGP schemes other than Linkage Projects, this means, if Rejoinders open on the Wednesday, forms must be received by COB Friday.
  • For Linkage Projects, if Rejoinders open on the Wednesday, forms must be received by COB Thursday. 

Criteria that may be considered by the ARC for review: 

  • Defamatory comment/s
  • Evidence of assessor conflict
  • Discriminatory/biased comments
  • Brief assessment text (less than 50 words)
  • Scores included within the assessment text
  • Assessment text does not match with application
  • Comments in the assessment regarding application eligibility
  • Comments in the assessment regarding the National Interest Test statement (not applicable in all schemes)
  • Comments in the assessment regarding Research Output display errors.

Internal Deadline 

The internal deadline for submission of grant applications is required to the RGC prior to the external deadline and by the internal deadline. This timeframe allows for your Grants Officer to review for eligibility, compliance and ensure your proposal complies with UNSW policies and sponsor requirements and allows time for amendments when required. For application and submission support, notify the RGC (RGC) of your intent to apply as soon as possible. The Internal deadline for for all ARC schemes is 3 weeks prior to the ARC deadline with the expection of Linkage Projects and Industrial Training Program.

ARC End of Year Report
ARC End of Year Process 

End of Year (EOYR) reporting is due to the ARC by 31 March each year and reports on income and expenditure for the previous calendar year for eg if you had an active project in 2018 you would be required to submit a report in 2019. UNSW manages this by emailing a share point form for you to complete early each year if you are carrying forward funds into the next year.

There has been no change to the 2019 ARC End of Year process apart from a 2 month extension to the due date which is now 30th May 2020. Historically, the ARC can take considerable time to approve these carry forward reports. If the advice of the experienced RGC staff is followed in the carry forward request submitted to the ARC then RGC does not stop expenditure against these carry forward funds. It is very rare the ARC raises concerns that RGC has not been able to satisfactorily address and long delays could impact the research outcomes and contribute to a further underspend the following year. However, RGC is unable to guarantee that these carry forwards will be approved and as a result cannot provide formal confirmation to the researchers until they have been approved by the ARC.

For any queries, please email 

Research Management System (RMS)

RMS is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research applications, assessments and rejoinders for all Australian Research Councils Grant Programs. Registered users can login in using your email address and password at To request a new account, go to and click on the Request New Account link.

Key documents and links



ARC Schemes Closed for 2019/2020

See 2019/20 Funding schemes key dates including Rejoinder periods and ARC anticipated outcome notification (*Please note that these are approximate dates and are subject to change without notice).

2019/2020 Closed Schemes

Scheme Applications Open ARC Deadline


*Subject to change

*Anticipated Outcome Notification 
Special Research Initiative - Australian Society, History and Culture Grant        
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment & Facilities 2021        
Discovery Indigenous 2021 27 November 2019 18 March 2020    
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2021  16 October 2019 12 March 2020 24 June to 7 July 2020 Fourth Quarter 2020
Discovery Projects 2021  13 November 2019 26 February 2020 18 June to 1 July 2020 Fourth Quarter 2020
Future Fellowship 2020  9 October 2019 27 November 2019 5 March to 19 March 2020 Third Quarter 2020
Australian Laureate Fellowships 2020 8 October 2019 4 December 2019 12 February to 25 February 2020 Third Quarter 2020
Industrial Transformation Research Program 2020 27 September 2019 11 December 2019 26 February to 12 March 2020 Second Quarter 2020
ARC Centres of Excellence 2020 (EOI) application period 25 May 2018 4 July 2018 22 March to 3 April 2019 *Third Quarter 2019