National Competitive Grants Program
The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programs led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.
The objectives of the Discovery Indigenous scheme are to:
- develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers;
- support fundamental research and research training by Indigenous Australian researchers as individuals and as teams;
- support and retain established Indigenous Australian researchers in Australian higher education institutions; and
- expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.
The Discovery Indigenous scheme was previously named the Discovery Indigenous Researcher Development scheme. Documents relating to the Discovery Indigenous Researcher Development scheme are now located at Previous Schemes.
Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams.
- Funding Rules
- Funding Agreement
- Funding Outcomes
- Instructions to applicants and Frequently Asked Questions
- Sample application form
- Application closing dates
- RMS information
- Request not to assess
- Classification codes - FOR, RFCD, SEO and ANZIC
- Definition of Medical and Dental Research
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network
On 25 May 2011, former Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research announced a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network, which will help Indigenous Australian researchers and research students seize more research opportunities and advance their research in a supportive environment.