Key dates for DECRA 2021

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Applications open in RMS: 16 October 2019
  • UQ R&I Notification of Intent open: 19 December 2019
  • UQ R&I information session: 21 January 2020 (Recording)
  • UQ R&I Notification of Intent close: 22 January 2020​
  • Eligibility Exemption Request due to UQ R&I: 31 January 2020
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 13 February 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 13 February 2020
  • Applications close with ARC: 12 March 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 24 June - 7 July 2020
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: TBC
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on ARC website


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

All researchers intending to submit an ARC DECRA application for funding in 2021 are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent. 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

  • Log into RMS and complete the application.

Step 3. UQ R&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 UQ R&I at
  • Send UQ R&I a Word version of your draft D2 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&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 ARC documents



Additional resources

Application examples

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