The ARC has released its schedule of important dates for 2014. In the past, funding rules and application dates have only been released close to the actual dates and so it has been hard to plan grant submissions. This was especially the case in 2011 when they announced that the closing date for Future Fellowship applications would be several months earlier than expected. There were relatively few applications that year as a result. That benefitted applicants as the success rate was higher. But then this round there were far more applicants than usual and the success rate will halve from 30% to 16%. So, this is a good move from the ARC to make the whole grant application process a little saner.