Key dates for ARC Discovery Indigenous 2023

  • Applications open in RMS: 24 November 2021
  • Notice of Intent due to UQ R&I: 09 February 2022
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 23 February 2022
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 16 February 2022
  • Full applications close with ARC: 5.00pm ACT time 16 March 2022
  • Rejoinder period: 27 May 2022 to 14 June 2022
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 7 June 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2022


The Discovery Indigenous scheme supports excellent basic and applied research and research training programs led by Indigenous Australian researchers as individuals and teams. The scheme seeks to develop the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers, support and retain established Indigenous Australian researchers, and expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability

How to apply

All researchers intending to submit an ARC IN application for funding in 2023 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent. NOIs will be collated centrally and distributed to Faculties and Institutes in order to provide maximum support to the UQ research community.

Step 1. RMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Australian Research Council (ARC) and UQ documentation

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed Application Certification Form to UQ R&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, ensure this has been completed in RMS.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from Grant Connect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required).



Additional resources

A range of resources and workshops from the UQ library are also available to assist researchers applying for this scheme

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the ARC assessment and rejoinder process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.

To assist researchers to prepare rejoinders, UQ R&I holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts.