Round Status: Closed

The ARC 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 ARC’s 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; and
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability.
The following are the key round dates for ARC Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2018:
Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals Open in RMS: 23 January 2017

Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 8 March 2017
Full applications (Internal UQR&I deadline): 15 March 2017
Full applications (External ARC deadline): 29 March 2017

Rejoinders Open: 8 June 2017
Rejoinders (Internal UQR&I deadline): 15 June 2017
Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): 22 June 2017

You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.


  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • E-mail your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please e-mail your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
    • Also provide completed ARC/UQ Certification Proformas and where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.
Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form.

For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinator at If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the funding round specific mailing list.
Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at :

No Workshops or Information Sessions are currently scheduled for this scheme. Please contact UQR&I with any queries (

The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC, and Applicants may be given the opportunity to submit a Rejoinder.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Discovery Indigenous rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars. 

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website.  The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section above.