ARC and NHMRC application process 2021/22

Updated  12/01/2021

The first steps to applying for ARC and NHMRC funding:

The process for all Federation University administered ARC Discovery Program, ARC Linkage Program (exc. LIEF) and NHMRC rounds is as follows:

  1. A Dean signed ARC/NHMRC Grant Expression of Interest (EOI) form must be submitted to Research Funding by the advertised date for the scheme.  The DVCRI and the appropriate Dean or nominee will determine EOI outcomes. If the EOI is approved to progress, the full application will need to pass through the following steps in order:
  2. Two peer reviews (arranged by applicant);
  3. School support system including review by an internal (or external where appropriate) ARC or NHMRC expert.  This review will assist applicants in gauging the competitiveness of their application and identify gaps.  This may also include compulsory attendance at an Internal Workshop or meeting.
  4. Research Funding compliance and budget check;
  5. Dean and DVCRI approval for final submission.

The benefits of undertaking this process include:

  • To ensure that applicants are provided with appropriate support to develop their applications;
  • To ensure that applications are reviewed appropriately,and if they are to be submitted, are of competitive quality; and
  • To ensure that Federation University's reputation is not compromised by the submission of non-competitive applications, nor that undue time is spent on developing applications that are unlikely to be competitive.

ARC/NHMRC Grant Expression of Interest (EOI) forms can be downloaded here via the Funding Forms web page.

Submission to the RAO via RMS or Sapphire is considered confirmation from the applicant that their proposal is ready for endorsement and submission to the funding body.