ARC Special Research Initiatives

ARC Special Research Initiatives

NameARC Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent research into Australian society, history and culture; and
  • build Australian research capacity in this area by supporting researchers of the highest international standing as well as foster high-quality postdoctoral researchers.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • advance understanding, through the research projects, into the formation, development and standing of Australian society, history and culture; and
  • increase research capacity in Australia.

Up to $12 million in total funding for up to three years, will be available to support research grants with funding between $20,000 and $100,000 per year.  The funding will be available for research on Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society, history, culture, literature, art, music, politics and geography.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Research Services Grant Development Team by the MQ submission date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

For funding commencing on 1 October 2020:


Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Thursday 27 February 2020
ARC opening date in RMS: Friday 28 February 2020
Information sessions: Tuesday 10 March 2020 (see details below)
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 8 April 2020 (extended from 25 March 2020) - All complete applications and requests not to assess must be submitted internally by this date. Consult your Faculty Research Office for specific submission instructions.
Research Services submission to ARC: Wednesday 6 May 2020 (extended from 22 April 2020)

Rejoinders (note new dates following changes by ARC):

Rejoinders open: Tuesday 16 June 2020

Rejoinder strategic review deadline for each Faculty:
Faculty of Arts: 9 am Friday 19 June 2020 (if you require an extension, email
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences: 9 am Friday 19 June 2020
Faculty of Science and Engineering: email to request a deadline

Rejoinder compliance deadline for all Faculties ('Submit to RO' in RMS): 9 am Monday 29 June 2020
Rejoinders close: 5 pm Monday 29 June 2020


Outcomes released: Wednesday 14 October 2020

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change


Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy

MQ Certification Proforma
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
Guide to Determining Journal Impact Factor, Quartile and Publication Percentile
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
MQ Conflict of Interest Policy
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder

Information Sessions

Scheme information webinar:

View slides and recording of the information sessions presented by Dr Robert Mun, Executive Director, ARC.

Rejoinder webinar:

Crafting an Effective ARC SRI Rejoinder
Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Kathryn Millard (ARC College of Experts, Faculty of Arts)
12 June 2020 
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Summary advice document on writing your rejoinder


Information, Strategic Advice, Compliance and Eligibility:

Grant Development Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

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