Key dates for DECRA 2023

  • Research Office information session: Monday 18 October 2021
  • Research Office Notice of Intent close: Thursday 28 October 2021
  • Research Office Workshop 1: Thursday 28 October 2021
  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 1 November 2021
  • Research Office Workshop 2: Wednesday 3 November 2021
  • Applications open in RMS: 4 November 2021
  • Requests Not to Assess due to the Research Office: 5 January 2022
  • Eligibility Exemption Request due to the Research Office: 5 January 2022
  • Applications due to the Research Office: 5 January 2022
  • Applications close with ARC: 2 February 2022
  • Rejoinder period: 28 April 2022 to 12 May 2022
  • Research Office Rejoinder information session: 29 April 2022 from 1 to 2 pm
  • Rejoinders due to the Research Office: 4 May 2022
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2022

DECRA 2023 – eligibility PhD

To be eligible for DE23, the candidate must, at the grant opportunity closing date,

  • have an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2017 , or
  • have an award of PhD date together with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2017. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 9 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2021 edition).


The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) grant opportunity provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. Normally up to 200 three-year DECRAs, including up to $50,000 per annum in project funds, are awarded each year.

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

Researchers intending to submit an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2023 application are required to submit a mandatory internal UQ Notice of Intent (NOI). 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 the RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with key Australian Research Council (ARC) and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. Research Office internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete/valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Application Certification Form to the Research Office at
  • Send the Research Office a Word version of your draft D3 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • Send the Research Office a copy of your completed UQ DE23 Pending and Newly Funded ARC Grants Form
  • If you are lodging a Request not to Assess, please note that the process has changed from last round. Applicants should complete the Request Not to Assess form in RMS and then submit to the Research Office for review. Instructions for creating a RNTA will be available on GrantConnect.
  • Internal review by the Research Office/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by the Research Office to ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


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

Additional ARC documents



    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 may be made available to applicants, and applicants given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.

    To assist you to prepare rejoinders, the Research Office holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts and posts the session materials