Key dates for DECRA 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: August 2017
  • Proposals open in Research Management System (RMS): 8 January 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 30 January 2018
  • Eligibility Exemption Request due to UQR&I: 2 February 2018
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 19 February 2018
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 19 February 2018
  • Applications close with ARC: 14 March 2018
  • Rejoinder period: TBA
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on ARC website


The Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) scheme provides focused support and opportunities to advance promising early career researchers as they transition towards independence, and promotes enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways. Normally up to 200 three-year DECRAs, including up to $40,000 per annum in project funds, are awarded each year.

How to apply

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

  • Log into RMS and complete the application.

Step 3. UQR&I 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 Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Send UQR&I a Word version of your draft C3 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please email your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas and, where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to ARC.

Readership and researcher support

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Key documents


Before applying, please review the following: