How to apply for an ARC scheme
For applications related to health research, it may not be clear whether an application is more appropriately considered by the ARC or the NHMRC; please refer to the ARC’s Medical Research Policy to verify if your application is more relevant to an ARC or an NHMRC scheme.
All ARC submissions must be lodged by the University on behalf of the applicant. Please see details of the individual grants for key dates, funding rules information and specific application guidelines.
1. Apply for a RMS ID
The ARC's Research Management System (RMS) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research proposals, assessments and rejoinders.
All applicants named on a submission will need a RMS ID in order to edit personal information and validate the application.
2. Read the ARC funding rules and instructions to applicants
Refer to individual grant information for each scheme's rules, criteria and instructions from the ARC, taking care to note if an Expression of Interest is required prior to lodging a submission.
3. Complete required documentation
- Each scheme has a corresponding ARC Certification Proforma: check individual grants for specific documentation requirements.
- All applications require a Research Proposal Clearance form.
4. Utilise these resources to maximise your chances of success
- ARC Information for Applicants
- How to prepare a budget
- Sample application forms provided by ARC
- Tips on Preparing a proposal
5. Submit draft application
Submit to the Research Grants and Contracts review
Please submit by the internal closing date for your grant:
- One copy of the application (PDF generated by RMS)
- One completed ARC Certification Proforma with signatures
- One completed Research Proposal Clearance form
Send all documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Respond to Feedback
When you submit a substantially complete application by the internal deadline a Research Grants and Contracts staff member will be assigned to read your application and give you a comprehensive compliance check and detailed feedback.
If you do not submit by the internal deadline you will receive a basic compliance check only.
You will need to make any requested amendments and then submit the final version via RMS.
7. Final submission
Submit Electronically in RMS
Refer to the ARC RMS informationon submitting applications electronically to Research Grant Administration and Funding.
The Research Portfolio will submit your finalised application to the ARC.
Many ARC schemes have a rejoinder process whereby applicants can respond to assessor comments. Rejoinders may help you to clarify any misunderstanding or difference of opinion about perceived weaknesses in the proposal.
This also provides an important feedback mechanism that may help researchers in future proposals.
About ARC Rejoinders and Assessor Reports
9. Next steps?
If your application is successful, there are a number of steps that you will need to follow in order to formally accept the grant and enable ongoing grant management.