Australian Competitive Grants Register

The ACGR lists schemes that provide competitive research grants to higher education providers (HEPs). The income HEPs receive from ACGR listed schemes can be reported in Category 1 of the Research Income Return – Return 1 of the Higher Education Research Data Collection. The income HEPs receive from schemes listed on the ACGR is a metric used to inform the allocation of the Australian Government’s Research Block Grants (RBG).

Process for Applying for the 2016 ACGR

The Department is currently compiling the 2016 ACGR. The 2016 ACGR will list eligible schemes which provided funding in 2015, and eligible schemes which will provide funding in 2016. 

If you wish your scheme to be added to the 2016 ACGR, please fill out the:

Selection criteria for listing are included in the application form. 

Please note a separate application form will need to be completed for each scheme.

Applications for listing on the 2016 Draft ACGR will be accepted until 5pm, 15 October 2015 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

HEPs will be provided with a draft list of schemes prior to the finalisation of the ACGR. This will allow HEPs to identify schemes which may have been omitted and encourage relevant scheme managers to apply before the 2016 ACGR is finalised.

If you believe that the funding scheme complies with all ACGR criteria, please sign and date the declaration, and email the form to

The Department will advise applicants of their listing status at the conclusion of the ACGR update. 

Schemes first listed in 2011 do not need to re-apply

Schemes that have been listed for 5 years (commencing on the 2011 ACGR) will automatically be re-listed for a further one (1) year while the department examines ways to streamline the application process for listed schemes. 

Scheme managers must ensure that the respective schemes continue to comply with all ACGR selection criteria at all times and must advise the department of any changes. Schemes that no longer comply will be removed as required.

2015 ACGR (for funding received in 2014)

A full listing of schemes included on the 2015 ACGR is available.

Note: All schemes are notionally listed on the ACGR for 5 years unless otherwise stated.  However, schemes that terminate earlier and no longer disburse funding will be removed as appropriate.  Scheme managers must ensure that at all times the respective schemes continue to comply with all ACGR selection criteria.


For more information regarding the eligibility of a funding scheme for listing on the ACGR, email: with "ACGR" as the subject line.

Historical Information

Schemes included on the 2014 ACGR for funding received in 2013.