Key dates for DECRA 2022

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 8 October 2019
  • Applications open in RMS: 16 September 2020
  • UQ R&I information session: 22 September 2020
  • UQ R&I Workshop 1: 30 September 2020
  • UQ R&I Workshop 2: 6 October 2020
  • UQ R&I Notice of Intent close: 14 October 2020
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 27 October 2020
  • Eligibility Exemption Request due to UQ R&I: 29 October 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 29 October 2020*
  • Applications close with ARC: 25 November 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 10 March 2021 to 23 March 2021
  • UQ R&I Rejoinder information session: 11 March 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 16 March 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Third Quarter 2021

*Applications submitted internally after 16 November 2020 will only receive UQ R&I eligibility and compliance review, grantsmanship feedback will not be provided.

DECRA 2022 – eligibility PhD

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

  • have an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2016, 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 2016. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 9 of the Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARC is introducing a one year automatic eligibility extension, for all researchers currently in their final year of eligibility for DECRA and Future Fellowships schemes. Researchers in their final year of eligibility for DECRA may choose to apply in 2020 (for DECRA 2022) within the existing eligibility timeframes or in 2021 (for DECRA 2023) utilising the automatic one-year extension. Final year applicants cannot apply in both rounds.


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 2022 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 Application Certification Form  to UQ R&I at
  • Send UQ R&I a Word version of your draft D2 Statement by the Administering Organisation.
  • Send UQ R&I a copy of your completed UQ DE22 Pending and Newly Funded ARC Grants Form
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • 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

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, 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