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ARC and NHMRC schemes

Government funding to pursue your research

Find key dates, contacts and links to Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council funding schemes. Our specialist staff can help you with the funding process.

ARC schemes

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious focal points of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority.

Contact: research.support@sydney.edu.au

ARC Discovery Projects provide funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

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The ARC Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programmes led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

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The Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) offers a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries.

IT Research Hubs (ITRH) is a scheme that will support collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

IT Training Centres (ITTC) is a scheme that will foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia's future.

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The ARC Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. Proposals must include at least one Partner Organisation who must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.

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The ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations, allowing expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities to be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.

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The ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme is open to outstanding researchers of international repute and encourages proposals involving Australian or international researchers. The scheme provides project funding in addition to a salary supplement and salary-related support for up to 5 years.

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ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) provide focused support for researchers and aims to create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. The scheme provides a contribution towards salary and project costs for up to three years. 

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ARC Future Fellowships aim to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. The scheme provides salary support and non-salary funding for costs including personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the research, for up to 4 years.

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NHMRC schemes

Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies Grants support high-quality clinical trials and cohort studies that address important gaps in knowledge, leading to relevant and implementable findings for the benefit of human health.

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NHMRC Ideas Grants support innovative research projects addressing a specific research question(s). This scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that CIA will have the scientific leadership and skills to achieve the proposed project. Not intended to support research where a clinical trial or cohort study is the primary objective, instead apply under NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants.

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NHMRC Investigator Grants support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. This scheme is consolidated into two main research leader categories Emerging Leadership (EL) and Leadership (L).

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NHMRC Synergy Grants support outstanding multidisciplinary teams of investigators to work together to answer major research questions, that cannot be answered by a single investigator.

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NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.

Applications are currently closed. 
Contact: research.support@sydney.edu.au

NHMRC Development Grants provide funding support financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe. Applicants must secure at least one industry/commercial partner and as part of the application to demonstrate how the industry/commercial partner/s will contribute to, and be involved in the advancement of the proposed Development Grant.

Contact: research.support@sydney.edu.au

NHMRC Partnership Projects provide funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.

The NHMRC Partnership Projects scheme follows a continuous application process – so there are more opportunities to apply in one year, rather than one annual round. This benefits researcher and Partner Organisation collaborations with funding administered more quickly if successful.

Contact: research.support@sydney.edu.au