Under the National Competitive Grants Program, the Australian Research Council (ARC) provides funding opportunities for research and researchers.

A Short Guide on applying for ARC grants is provided on How to Prepare.

The ARC Grants Search allows searching on ARC-funded research projects since 2001, including electronic and paper-based proposals.

A range of complementary schemes are provided under two main elements – Discovery and Linkage.

Discovery Program

To support excellent fundamental research, enhance the scale and focus of research in the research priority areas, assist researchers, expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability, foster the international competitiveness of Australian research, encourage research training in a high-quality research environment and enhance international collaboration in research.

 Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL)
 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
 Discovery Indigenous (DI)
 Discovery Projects (DP)
 Future Fellowships (FT)


Linkage Program

The ARC's Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia’s innovation system and with innovation systems internationally.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)
Linkage Projects (LP)
Industrial Transformation Research programs
ARC Centres of Excellence


The ARC also offer additional schemes under the Linkage Program from those listed above - for more information please see the ARC site.