Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programs led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers as individuals and as teams
  • develop the research expertise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers
  • support and retain established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for Discovery Indigenous 2020 are now available on GrantConnect (link unavailable).

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Documents and Information for the Discovery Indigenous 2020