Discovery Indigenous Scheme

For Funding Commencing in 2022

Research Office contact:

This Scheme is CLOSED.

Discovery Indigenous Projects for funding commencing in 2023 is expected to open on Wednesday 24 November 2021 and close on Wednesday 16 March 2022. An indicative timeline for the round is listed below.

The Discovery Indigenous scheme supports research projects led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher, and builds capacity for 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;
  • support national and international research collaboration;
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas; and
  • support and retain established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in higher education institutions.

ARC Discovery Indigenous 2021 Information Sheet (PDF)

For more information, please visit the Discovery Indigenous Scheme page on the ARC website.

Key Dates

For funding commencing in 2022

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC opens Wednesday 10 November 2021
UON Online Booking System opens* Thursday 11 November 2021
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period*Thursday 24 February - Wednesday 2 March 2022
Request to not assess form due to Research Office Wednesday 23 February 2022
Request Not to Assess due at ARC Wednesday 2 March 2022
Certifications (Written Evidence) due to Research Office 9:00 am Wednesday 9 March 2022
UON Deadline for final application9:00 am Wednesday 9 March 2022
ARC submission 5:00 pm Wednesday 16 March 2022

* Applicants are strongly encouraged to commence their application ASAP after the scheme opens in RMS so that they can book their preferred day for an Eligibility and Compliance Check.

To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).

Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS, a complete and fully signed External Application Cover Sheet and all CI/PI and Partner Organisation Certifications (Written Evidence) emailed to

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Future Fellowships. Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review all the relevant documents including the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the Sample Application Form.

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact or phone on (02) 492 17733.


Research Services holds copies of successful ARC Discovery Indigenous grant applications. If you would like to make an appointment to view these please contact or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC Discovery Program, including the Discovery Indigenous Scheme, please contact or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.