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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 foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority.

Internal Expression of Interest (EOI): In preparation for the ARC's next EOI call, the Research Portfolio now calls for EOIs from University of Sydney researchers who will submit for a Centre to be based here, or who will be involved in an EOI at another university.

ARC EOI: closed
ARC deadline: closed
Contact: Roy McBurney

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

Internal deadline: 29 January 2020
Request not to assess: 12 February 2020
ARC deadline: 26 February 2020
Contact: Nicole Richardson

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.

Internal deadline: 26 February 2020
Request not to assess: 4 March 2020
ARC deadline: 18 March 2020
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

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.

Applications open: 10 September 2019
Request Not to Assess: 20 November 2019
ARC deadline: 4 December 2019
Contact: Roy McBurney

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.

The first 10 successful University of Sydney ARC Linkage applications submitted in 2019 will receive funding towards a three-year PhD scholarship. See intranet for more details

ARC deadline: 19 December 2019
Announcement: Approximately 6 months from the proposal submission date
Contact: Roy McBurney.

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.

Applications open: 29 January 2020
Request Not to Assess: 18 March 2020
ARC deadline: 1 April 2020
Contact: Roy McBurney

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.

Open: 9 October 2019
First internal deadline:
13 November 2019
Request not to assess due: 20 November 2019
Final internal deadline: 20 November 2019
Applications close: 4 December 2019
David Boyd

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. 

Open: 16 October 2019
Internal deadline: 13 February 2020
Request not to assess due: 
27 February 2020
Final internal deadline: 27 February 2020
ARC deadline:
12 March 2020
David Boyd

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.

Open: 9 October 2019
First internal deadline: 6 November 2019
Request not to assess due: 13 November 2019
Final internal deadline: 20 November 2019
Applications close: 27 November 2019
 Iqfa Hudda

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.

Applications open: 4 March 2020
Minimum data deadline: 1 April 2020
NHMRC deadline: 29 April 2020
Contact: Nicole Richardson

To 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.

Applications open: 11 March 2020
Minimum data deadline: 8 April 2020
NHMRC deadline: 6 May 2020
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

Investigator Grants support the research program of outstanding investigators at all career stages. The schemes is consolidated into two categories Emerging Leadership (EL) and Leadership (L).

Applications open: 2 October 2019
Minimum data deadline:
31 October 2019
NHMRC deadline:
27 November 2019
Contact: Nicole Richardson

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

Applications open: 26 February 2020
Minimum data deadline: 25 March 2020
NHMRC deadline: 22 April 2020
Contact: Iqfa Hudda

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 open: 23 October 2019
Internal deadline: 20 November 2019
Minimum data deadline: 20 November 2019
NHMRC deadline:
4 December 2019
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

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.

Applications open: 23 October 2019
Minimum data deadline: 20 November 2019
NHMRC deadline: 11 December 2019
Contact: Roy McBurney

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.

Round 3 2019
Applications open: 
15 August 2019
Minimum data deadline: 20 November 2019
NHMRC deadline: 4 December 2019

Contact: Nicole Richardson

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