Research Events

ARC Grant Camp Series

The ARC Grant Camp series offers ARC applicants the opportunity to work on the background section of their application in a supportive environment. Led by Veronica Loew and Jonathan O’Donnell (Faculty of Science), each session provides concentrated time to draft a small part of your application and ask questions about specific parts of the application. The aim is not to produce polished prose, but to get words on paper that can be discussed with a mentor. It is designed to get people started on each section of the application in a timely manner.

Each session is run the same way, with a single overhead encapsulating the key points:

  • 5 minutes of instructions
  • 20 minutes of writing
  • 5 minutes for questions
  • another 20 minutes of writing.

Although designed for Discovery Project and Discovery Indigenous applicants, it is open to any ARC applicants. Each session in the series is detailed in the table below. Please note the zoom join link is the same for each session.

Join all via Zoom

Additional join details:

  • Join by phone: Dial (Australia): +61 3 7018 2005 or +61 2 8015 6011
  • Meeting ID: 849 0720 6318
  • Password: 184648


Date and Time


Talking about your team and your partners

Thursday 7 January
10.30am – 11.30am

Who is in your team? What are the skills and experiences of people in the team and how do they lend themselves to the project? Having a strong and effective team is essential to success.

Describing significance and innovation

Tuesday 12 January
2pm – 3pm

How is your project novel? How will it improve the current situation? What is the scope of the project? Spend some time nutting out the details of your Project Description.

Publication context and your research outputs

Wednesday 20 January
1.30pm – 2.30pm

What are the publication expectations in your discipline? What are the indicators of recognition within your field? Describe the importance and esteem of specific journals.

Talking about the feasibility of your research

Monday 25 January
2pm – 3pm

Describe how you will complete your project on time and within budget. What is your experience in managing large scale projects? What resources do you have that will enable the project to proceed?

Detailing your methods

Thursday 4 February
11am – 12pm

What are you actually going to do? What are the tasks? And the framework? What is your timeline?

Talking about impact and the National Interest Test

Wednesday 10 February
1.30pm – 2.30pm

Who benefits from your project? And how? How will you make it happen? How will you know if it has worked? How will your research specifically benefit Australia?

Writing a stronger budget justification

Tuesday 16 February
2pm – 3pm

Who much will each task cost? How have you priced each item? Have you explained why the task is essential to the research project? An effective budget justification is essential to your application.