Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programmes 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:  

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by Indigenous Australian researchers as individuals and as teams
  • develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers
  • support and retain established Indigenous Australian researchers in Australian higher education institutions
  • 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.

See also, ARC Statement of Support and Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers.

Key Dates for Discovery Indigenous 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 1 September 2017
  • Proposals Open: 21 November 2017
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 13 March 2018
  • Proposals Close: 28 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: 14 June 2018 to 28 June 2018
  • Anticipated announcement: October 2018

*Please note that these are approximate dates and are subject to change.

Note: The closing time for all Requests Not to Assess, Proposals Close and Rejoinders is 5.00pm Canberra time on the dates provided.