Key dates for DECRA 2020

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 20 September 2018
  • Applications open in RMS: 15 October 2018
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: 30 January 2019
  • Core data to be entered into RMS: 30 January 2019
  • Eligibility Exemption Request due to UQR&I: 4 February 2019
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 15 February 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 15 February 2019
  • Applications close with ARC: 13 March 2019
  • Rejoinder period: 20 June - 4 July 2019
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: 27 June 2019
  • 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 C2 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.
  • 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

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 resources

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, UQR&I holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts and posts the session materials.