Discovery Indigenous Funding 2021

The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides grant funding to support research projects led by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher.


The scheme aims 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
  • Support and retain established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in higher education institutions


The intended outcomes of the scheme are:

  • Expanded knowledge base and research capacity in Australia
  • Economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia


To be eligible the application must:

  • Be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the Grant Guidelines
  • Must nominate at least one Chief Investigator (CI) or a Discovery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (DAATSIA) candidate
  • The first named CI must be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher and will be the Project Leader
  • To be eligible to apply as a DAATSIA candidate, the individual nominated must be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    • As at the grant opportunity closing date not be nominated for more than one DAATSIA in any given year
  • To be eligible to apply as a CI, DAATSIA candidate or Partner Investigator (PI), the individual nominated must as the grant opportunity closing date:
    • Have met their obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory final reports
  • A CI or DAATSIA candidate must meet at lest one of the following criteria at the grant commencement date:
    • Be an employee for at least 20% full time equivalent (0.2 FTE) at an Eligible Organisation
    • Or be a holder of an honorary academic appointment at an Eligible Organisation

For further eligibility requirements please read the Grant Guidelines


Application Submission Instructions:

  • Must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation (unless requested by the ARC)
  • Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes
  • Administering Organisations must submit applications through the Research Management System (RMS) unless otherwise advised by the ARC
  • All applications must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the Instructions to Applicants for Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2021


There is between $30,000 up to $2.5 million available for funding.


Applications close 2pm (AWST), Wednesday 18 March, 2020. Read more information