ARC Discovery Project (DP20) Grant – Important Changes to Submissions

If you are applying for an ARC Discovery Project (DP20) grant there are important changes that you need to be aware of in this round.

ARC DP20 Key Deadlines

Activity Research Services ARC
Funding Rules Released 20 Sep 2018
Proposals Open 11 Dec 2018
Request not to Assess 6 Feb 2019 13 Feb 2019
Proposal Review 6 Feb 2019
Proposals Close 27 Feb 2019

GrantConnect – Accessing ARC DP20 Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants

The ARC no longer publishes Grant Opportunity Documents, including Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) or Instructions to Applicants, on the ARC website.

You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

Once you download the relevant Grant Opportunity Guidelines, you can choose to be automatically notified of any changes or addenda added to the Grant Opportunity.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website.

Grant Opportunity Documents for DP20 (GO2019) are available here.

Importing your Publications to RMS

In order to present research outputs in an ARC application, researchers are now required to list the outputs within their RMS (Research Management System) Person Profile. This can be done through uploading a BibTeX file, linking an ORCID account, adding in the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) or manually creating them in RMS.

Once the data is entered into a user’s RMS person profile, it can be used to auto-populate grant applications without having to manually create and update documents each time an application is submitted.

Adding Research Outputs to a User’s RMS Profile

For University of Adelaide researchers, it is easier to import from Aurora using the BibTeX option, as there are fewer steps, and because your Aurora account is likely to be up to date. Many other citation database providers, such as ORCID, EndNote and Scopus, also enable the bulk download of research outputs into a single file in BibTeX format. This approach can be used by investigators external to the University of Adelaide that do not have an Aurora profile.

Researchers can also import from their ORCID (Open Researcher Contributor ID) account. This approach can also be used by investigators external to the University of Adelaide that do not have an Aurora profile.

Further Information

For support with Aurora and ORCID, please email or phone (08) 8313 7799.
For general information or assistance, please email the SEAP grants team at

Introducing the National Interest Test

On 27 November 2018, the Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced the new National Interest Test (NIT). This replaces the “benefit and impact” statement.

Under the new National Interest Test (NIT), only those applications what meet the NIT definition and score highly in the competitive grants process will be recommended to the Minister for funding.

Applicants must describe (max. 1125 characters) the extent to which the proposed research contributes to Australia’s national interest through its potential to have economic, commercial, environmental, social or cultural benefits to the Australian community.

The Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) makes recommendations to the CEO on which applications should be approved for funding, which applications should not be approved for funding, and the level of funding and duration of each grant. In making recommendations to the Minister the CEO will:

  1. consider the recommendations from the SAC;
  2. consider the applicant’s response to the National Interest Test;
  3. seek information from Administering Organisations on applications where there is concern about how they meet the National Interest Test based on the information provided in the application form;
  4. make grant recommendations to the Minister that satisfy the National Interest Test and that are eligible for funding.

For further information, see the ARC DP20 Grant Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants available via GrantConnect or contact the SEAP grants team.


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