Australian Research Council (ARC)

The ARC is responsible for administering the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) which funds excellent basic and applied research and research training through a nationally competitive grant process.

The NCGP supports:

  • High quality research leading to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge;
  • Facilities and equipment that researchers need to be internationally competitive;
  • Researchers at different stages of their careers, including training and skills development of the next generation of researchers;
  • Incentives for Australia’s most talented researchers to work in partnership with leading researchers throughout the national innovation system and internationally, and to form alliances with Australian Industry.

The NCGP comprises two funding programs Discovery and Linkage.

Discovery Program

Discovery funding recognises the importance of fundamental, ‘blue sky’ research to Australia and supports the national innovation system to build ‘new’ knowledge and a knowledge-based economy.

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting world-class researchers to conduct research in Australia.

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Future Fellowships reflect the Australian Government’s commitment to excellence in research by supporting excellent mid-career researchers to undertake high quality research in areas of national and international benefit.

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The DECRA scheme provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

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The Discovery Indigenous scheme supports research programs led by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers and builds the research capacity of higher degree research students and early career researchers.

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The Discovery Projects scheme reflects the Australian Government's commitment to excellence in research by providing grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

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Linkage Program

The Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links with the innovation system in Australia and internationally.

Through the ARC Centres of Excellence, significant collaborations occur between universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments, and businesses in Australia and overseas, all to support outstanding research.

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The Linkage Projects grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

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The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

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The Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) supports university researchers to partner with industry in priority areas for Australia.

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The Industry Laureate Fellowships scheme creates a pathway to support academic researchers in establishing careers in industry, and industry-based researchers to work in university settings, with the aim of increased two-way mobility and skill-building in research collaboration, translation and commercialisation.

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Page last updated on 04/04/2024

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