Round Status: CLOSED

The ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Programme. The DECRA scheme will provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. It is anticipated that up to 200 three-year DECRAs, including up to $40,000 per annum in project funds, may be awarded each year.

The ARC's objectives of the DECRA scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers;
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways;
  • enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments;
  • expand Australia’s knowledge base and research capability; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.

As at the closing time of submission of Proposals, researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within five years or, commensurate with a period of significant career interruption, have the equivalent of being awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2012.


The following are the key round dates for ARC DECRA for funding commencing in 2018:

Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals Open in RMS: 16 January 2017

Eligibility Exemption Requests (Internal UQR&I deadline): 8 February 2017

Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 1 March 2017
Full applications (Internal UQR&I deadline): 1 March 2017
Full applications (External ARC deadline): 22 March 2017

Rejoinders Open: 9 June 2017
Rejoinders (Internal UQR&I deadline): Midday, 16 June 2017
Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): 23 June 2017


Anticipated Announcement: September 2017

You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.




  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • Email to advise that the application is ready for review, attaching:
       o   a scan of your completed and signed UQ Coversheet;
       o   a scan of your completed and signed Certification Proforma;
       o   if required, your completed Request not to Assess form;
       o   a word document of your Part D2 Statement.
    Please note that your completed and signed Coversheet and Certification Proforma are needed to initiate internal review of your application.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).

  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form.

For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinator, Kate Hellings ( If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the funding round specific mailing list.

Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at:

UQ supporting documentation for ARC Discovery Early Career Awards:





Details of the UQR&I scheme Information Session are as follows: 

Date:                Monday 6 February 2017
Time:                10.30am – 12.00pm
Venue:              St Lucia – Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building #50   
Live Stream:    Gatton – Room 153, Animal Studies Building #8150
                             Herston - Room 4401,Oral Health Centre #883

Presentation slides will be available following the information session on our Workshop Presentations page.

UQ Development Fellowships Information Session Recording.


The assessment comments provided by external assessors will be made available to Applicants by the ARC on 9 June 2017, and Applicants will then be able to submit a Rejoinder.

To assist researchers to prepare Rejoinders, UQR&I will hold a Rejoinder Information Session involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts.

A UQR&I Rejoinder Information Session will be held:

Date: Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Venue: Physiology Building (63), Room 360

Following the session, copies of any PowerPoint presentations, will be available on the UQR&I Workshop Presentations page.

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section above.

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