ARC Discovery Indigenous

ARC Discovery Indigenous

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

The objectives of the 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
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability. 

The minimum level of funding provided by the ARC is $30,000 per year, with a maximum of $500,000 per year. Projects may be applied for and awarded funding for up to five consecutive years. Direct costs may be applied for, including for example personnel, equipment, maintenance, teaching relief, and travel.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar 

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates For funding commencing in 2018:

Outcomes expected: October 2017

For funding commencing in 2019:

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change

Release of Funding Rules: Friday 1 September 2017
Proposals Open on RMS: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Request Not To Assess due at RO: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Request Not To Assess due at ARC: Tuesday 13 March 2018
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 14 March 2018
ARC Closing Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018
ARC rejoinders open: TBA
Final rejoinder submission deadline: TBA
Outcomes expected: TBA

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Form
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy | v2017.1

MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research  
Application Checklist 

Contacts Anita Quinn
Research Proposals Officer
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4462
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