The Australian Research Council (ARC) funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Programme (NCGP). 

How the program works

The NCGP is committed to nurturing the creative abilities and skills of Australia’s most promising researchers by providing:

  • support for the highest-quality research leading to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge
  • financial assistance towards facilities and equipment that researchers need to be internationally competitive
  • support for the 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 main elements—Discovery and Linkage—under which the ARC funds a range of complementary schemes to support researchers at different stages of their careers, build Australia’s research capability, expand and enhance research networks and collaborations, and develop centres of research excellence.

The ARC requires that researchers submit their applications for consideration via their institutions’ Research Office – at ACU this is the Research Office within the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Research Office is also responsible for the subsequent administration of any grants awarded by the ARC including managing contracts, ethics requirements, reporting and post-award variations.

For any enquiries please contact the Research Grants Team via telephone 02 9739 2530 (x2530) or email

About the ARC

The Australian Research Council  (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. The ARC advises the Government on research matters and administers the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development. Through Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) the ARC is also tasked with identifying excellence in research, by comparing Australia’s university research effort against international benchmarks, creating incentives to improve the quality of research and identifying emerging research areas and opportunities for further development.

The ARC’s mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.

In seeking to achieve its mission, the ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines. Clinical and other medical research is primarily supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council. In addition, the ARC encourages partnerships between researchers and industry, government, community organisations and the international community.

The outcomes of ARC-funded research deliver cultural, economic, social and environmental benefits to all Australians.

ARC Linkage projects

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme aims to deliver outcomes of benefit to Australia and build Australia’s research and innovation capacity through support for: 

collaborative research between university-based researchers and researchers in other sectors 
research training and career opportunities that enable Australian and international researchers and research students to work with industry and other end-users; and 
research in priority areas.

The Australian Government released its National Innovation and Science Agenda on 7 December 2015. One of the measures within the agenda is for the ARC to implement a continuous Linkage Projects scheme. 

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