National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Grants (NISDRG) - Intelligence Challenges
The NISDRG program supports excellent research that deepens understanding of emerging science and technology and addresses intelligence and national security interests. The grant program will facilitate innovation and develop national security and intelligence capacity. It will also enable Australia’s National Intelligence and Security Communities to systematically engage with Australia’s research and technology community. The NISDRG program provides support to research that aligns with the priority research areas identified by the Australian Government, as set out below:
- Covert collection challenges
- Space-based challenges
- Identity management challenges
- Emerging biological and material science exploitation challenges
- Cyber security, protective security and offensive cyber challenges
- Human behaviour and influence challenges
- Data-driven and real-time analytical challenges
- Situation awareness and multi-source assessment
|Funding rules released||13 October 2020|
|Proposals open||27 October 2020|
|Request not to assess||11 November 2020||2 December 2020|
|Proposal review||25 November 2020|
|Proposals close||16 December 2020|
Research Services review requirements
Applications received by the internal review deadlines will receive complete checks, where we may be able to suggest value-adding improvements as well as check for eligibility issues.
A research funding request (RFR) must be completed online via RME6 before Research Services can submit an application to the ARC (see below).
Submitting completed proposals to the ARC
Before your application can be submitted to the to the ARC via RMS:
- submit a fully completed and eligible proposal in RMS, to the Research Office
- login and complete your RFR (replaces application coversheet)
In addition, the lead CI must obtain and retain the written agreement & certification for all CI's, PI's, and Organisations involved in the project.
Whilst the proforma states “The use of this proforma is not mandatory” the University of Adelaide as Administering Organisation is still required to obtain written evidence of all relevant persons and organisations necessary to allow the proposed Project to proceed. The specified format for collecting the written evidence for the University of Adelaide is the ARC certification proforma.
Collection and retention
The lead CI is required to collect a signed proforma for each Chief Investigator and Partner Investigator, and retain them in the event that the ARC requests that they be produced at some point in the future.
Please do not forward completed certifications to Research Services as they will not be retained. Note: certifications are NOT required for the lead CI or the University of Adelaide (who both certify by means of the RFR) or Partner Organisations (who provide a Partner Support letter in the application).
Documents & useful information
- IMPORTANT - Form for participant eligibility (must be completed for all participants)
- IMPORTANT - RMS application system
- ARC NISDRG website
- ARC NISDRG Intelligence Challenges grant guidelines
- ARC NISDRG Intelligence Challenges information sheet
- ARC NISDRG Intelligence Challenges sample application form
- ARC NISDRG Intelligence Challenges instructions to applicants
- ARC NISDRG Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Generating an Application Word Cloud
- Importing research outputs to RMS
- Research metrics guide
- Salary calculator for ARC proposals (commencing 2021)
Application section templates (with formatting)