Key dates for ARC Discovery Indigenous 2021

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Applications open in RMS:  27 November 2019
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 26 February 2020
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 26 February 2020
  • Full applications close with ARC: 18 March 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 12 June - 25 June 2020
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 18 June 2020
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2020


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

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 Funding Coversheet to UQ R&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • 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

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.