Important funding application dates

  1. ARC linkage LP15 information
  2. ARC Discovery Program - DP16, DE16, IN16 & FL15
  3. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – grand challenges explorations round 14
  4. Rural Research & Development for Profit Programme

1. ARC Linkage Projects (LP15) information

Funding rules for ARC linkage program 2014-2016 

The funding rules for the ARC Linkage Program schemes commencing in 2014-2016 are now available on the ARC website (pdf, 747kb).

Researchers intending on developing a Linkage proposal are strongly encouraged to speak with their Exec Dean/ADR/Head to discuss plans, funding partners, budgets, etc. as well as internal Faculty deadlines

LP15 Applications Open in RMS 2.0: 16 September 2014 

Internal Deadlines:


Internal Budget & Compliance Review Deadline

Return to Researcher

Grant Approval Coversheet,
ARC Certification Form

Final Submission via RMS 2.0

ARC Close

Thurs 31st July

Mon 20th Oct

Fri 24th Oct

Mon 3rd Nov

12 noon - Mon 10th Nov

5pm - Wed 12th Nov

 If you have any queries regarding the Linkage Program please contact

Call out for Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI)

If you are considering applying for an ARC Linkage Project in the upcoming round, please complete the Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI) form found under Grant forms. This form requires Executive Dean/Director sign-off before submission to

Additional resources:

Download Costing Pro Forma - ARC Linkage - last updated 15/09/2014 (xlsx, 816kb)

Linkage Projects Certification Form

ARC guidance material and funding rules can be found at Linkage Projects website.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Research Funding Team at

2. ARC Discovery Programs - DP16, DE16, IN16 & FL15

The funding rules for the Discovery Program for funding commencing in 2016  have now been released by the ARC, see further details below.  This incorporates the funding rules for:

  • Discovery Projects (DP16) 
  • DECRA (DE16)
  • Discovery Indigenous (IN16)
  • Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL15)

Researchers intending on developing a proposal are strongly encouraged to speak with their Exec Dean/ADR/Head to discuss plans, partner investigators, budgets, etc., as well as internal Faculty deadlines.

Please note the important dates below including the  Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI) form internal deadline, due to by:

Internal Deadlines:


Release of Funding Rules

GEOI due at Research Funding

Proposals Open in RMS2.0

Internal Compliance Review

Proposals Close at ARC

Discovery Projects (DP16)

13 Oct 2014

Fri 7th Nov 2014

Dec 2014

4 Feb 2015

4 March 2015

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE16)

13 Oct 2014

Fri 28th Nov 2014

Early Feb 2015

25 Feb 2015

25 March 2015

Discovery Indigenous (IN16)

13 Oct 2014

Fri 21st Nov 2014

Jan 2015

2 March 2015

1 April 2015

Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL15) for funding commencing in 2015

13 Oct 2014

24th Oct 2014

15 Oct 2014

5 Nov 2014

26 Nov 2014

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Research Funding Team at

3. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Explorations: round 14


Internal Deadline

Return to Researcher

Final Submission Deadline

External Deadline





12/11/14 11.30am US PST (13/11/14 4.30am AEST)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

Grand Challenges Explorations seeks innovative global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organisation, including universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organisations as well as for-profit companies.

Two-page proposals are being accepted online from September 4, 2014 until November 12, 2014 on the following topics:

  • Surveillance tools, diagnostics and an artificial diet to support new approaches to vector control.
  • New approaches for addressing outdoor/residual malaria transmission
  • New ways to reduce pneumonia fatalities through timely, effective treatment of children
  • Enable universal acceptance of mobile money payments to create an economic ecosystem that will help lift the poorest out of poverty
  • Explore new ways to measure brain development and gestational age
  • New ways of working together: Integrating community-based interventions

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available on the Grand Challenges in Global Health website.

The Foundation is looking to receive innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply.

Please also note the Global Health Innovation Group on LinkedIn. Developed in collaboration with Grand Challenges Canada, this group offers a platform to connect and communicate with innovators from around the world. Anyone with a LinkedIn account can join and make use of this forum.

If you would like to apply for this funding opportunity, please complete the Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI) form found under Grant forms.

Please email any queries to

4. Rural R&D for Profit Programme

Who can apply:

The programme will be open to applications from Research Development Corporations (RDCs), which must collaborate with other partners such as researchers, funding agencies, universities, producer groups and the private sector.

If you have an idea or a proposal you think could be researched, developed or adapted for use in agriculture, fisheries or forestry get in touch with one or more of the 15 RDCs at Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations website (CRRDC). They will be seeking ideas and partners to access the funding.

 Please note the internal dates as follows:


Internal Deadline

Return to Researcher

Final Submission Deadline

External Deadline






More information

For more information please see the attached factsheet. The programme guidelines outline the funding priorities for round one and other programme requirements, and are available on our website at