ARC Discovery Indigenous Scheme information for Researchers at the University of Newcastle

Discovery Indigenous Schemes

For Funding Commencing in 2015

Research Office Primary Contact

Neroli Finlay on Ph: 4921 5353


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The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research programs led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2015 includes the new Discovery Indigenous Award (DIA), available to Chief Investigators who are Indigenous Australian researchers.

Key Dates

Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2015 are now closed.

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ARC opens Wednesday 5 February 2014
Full Eligibility & Compliance Review applications due to Research Office 5pm Wednesday 26 February 2014
Strategic Statements due to Research Office Wednesday 26 February 2014
Request to not assess form due to Research Services Tuesday 5 March 2014
Request to not assess form due to ARC Wednesday 12 March 2014
Internal Closing Date 5pm *Wednesday 12 March 2014
Written Evidence/Certification Proforma Wednesday 12 March 2014
ARC closes Wednesday 26 March 2014

If you intend to apply for the Discovery Indigenous scheme, please contact the Research Office via email.

*Please note: From Thursday 6 March 2014, the Research Office will be conducting Final Checks on all applications received by our Internal Closing Date. From this date until the ARC deadline, Research Office staff will be significantly limited in their capacity to provide assistance, information and application advice to applicants who do not submit their final applications by the Internal Closing Date. Applicants who do not submit their final application by this our Internal Closing Date will be referred to the Funding Rules, Frequently Asked Questions and Instructions to Applicants found on our ARC DI webpage.

*Please note: Applications received after the Internal Closing Date will not be eligible for a University of Newcastle Near Miss Grant




The Grants Team holds copies of successful ARC Discovery Indigenous grant applications. If you would like to make an appointment to view these please contact Neroli Finlay via email or phone on (02) 4921 5353.

Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC Discovery Projects, please contact Neroli Finlay via email or phone on (02) 4921 5353.

Important notes regarding lodgement of ARC applications

  1. In RMS, save each Part of the Proposal one final time
  2. Ensure all components of the Proposal are complete and valid
  3. Eligibility and Compliance Review: email the relevant Research Office contact ( when application is ready to review
  4. Internal Closing Date: to submit to the Research Office click on 'Submit Proposal to Research Office' located at the bottom of the Proposal Summary Page
  5. Submit the Written Evidence to the Research Office as detailed above in the Documents section.

RMS Access

RMS allows researchers requesting funding under the ARC National Competitive Grants Program to prepare and submit proposals electronically via the internet.

Each proposal is completed by researchers and consists of an electronic document generated from a combination of data entered directly into the proposal form, and PDF documents attached to the proposal form in RMS 2.0.

  • RMS 2.0 Information – for assistance requesting an RMS user account refer to 2.4 Note: The Admin Organisation will be The University of Newcastle
  • RMS 2.0 Login

All new applications as well as final reports will need to be submitted to RMS.

RMS minimum system requirements

RMS 2.0 is compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Compatibility with different browsers or older versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer is not guaranteed.

ARC Reporting

If you have a current ARC grant with outstanding reports, this could affect your eligibility for this scheme. Please see the University of Newcastle ARC Reporting page.

Tools for Completing Your Application

Confidentiality and IP

Please note: In past rounds, the ARC warranted confidentiality. The Funding Rules now state "the ARC gives no undertaking to keep confidential any information provided in the Proposal except where required by law."

Due to this change we recommend that if submitting a research project with potential IP which could be patented/exploited or involves an Industry Partner which requires confidentiality, applicants should insert the following sentence at the start of the Project Description within their application:

"The following project is disclosed to the ARC in confidence for the purpose only of applying for ARC Funding."

Useful Information for preparing your applications

  • ARC Salary Costs for general staff 2015 (XLS 49 KB) (coming soon)
  • ARC Salary Costs for academic staff 2015 (XLS 47 KB) (coming soon)

Australian Taxation Office Allowances