ARC: support for Universities & researchers affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is aware that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting researchers and research organisations across Australia in a variety of ways, including those involved with current ARC-funded research projects and those preparing ARC grant applications. Under ARC standard processes, support is offered to any administering organisation and their researchers directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, including:

Extensions to submit grant applications

ARC grant guidelines allow for late grant applications to be submitted in exceptional circumstances (including natural disasters). In accordance with relevant grant guidelines, if administering organisations and their researchers have been directly affected by Coronavirus, Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) or equivalent may formally write to the ARC to request an extension due to exceptional circumstances. Noting, extension requests must be submitted in advance of the application deadline and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To streamline the process for extension requests for LIEF and the Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture (ASHC) applications for COVID19 circumstances, your Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), or equivalent, can submit a single letter outlining a short certification of the extenuating circumstances of COVID19 impact.  Please attach a table with information on all of the applications affected where your organisation is the Administering Organisation, including application ID and lead investigator’s name.

Please submit the DVCR letter and table to the ARC via before the grant opportunity closing date.

Extension to ARC deadlines for reporting

As the current COVID-19 situation may be impacting on capacity to progress projects and to fulfil reporting obligations, the ARC will be extending reporting deadlines for researchers who are already in receipt of ARC funding. To assist both researchers and research administrators with managing reporting obligations, the ARC will be extending the following deadlines:

  • End of year reports – deadline extended from 31 March 2020 to 31 May 2020
  • Annual/progress reporting (for applicable projects) – deadline extended from 31 March 2020 to 31 May 2020
  • Final reports – initial three month extensions will be automatically approved by the ARC on request. Noting that submission dates for final reports vary project by project and that extensions may impact researchers’ eligibility for future applications, it is not practical to provide a blanket extension.

Further information

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