Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA)

Want to apply?
If you intend to apply for a DECRA at the University of Sydney you must get support from the Head of School or Discipline in the area in which you wish to work. Please obtain this support in writing before you commence your application in RMS. If you need further information about this please contact Kay Winton

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Funding Body

Australian Research Council

Key Dates

Applications open: 3 February 2014
Internal closing date: 12 March 2014
Request not to assess: 19 March 2014 by email to Kay Winton
Strategic Statement: 12 March 2014
Applications due at ARC: 2 April 2014


Eligible to apply if - PhD awarded on or after 1 March 2009 with NO Career Interruption OR on or between 1 March 2005 and 1 March 2009 WITH Career Interruption, for reasons of maternity or parental leave; carer’s responsibility; illness; disruption due to relocation for international postdoctoral studies; or non-research employment


A DECRA offers funding of up to $134,512 per year for 3 years. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $94,512, including 28 per cent on costs, and up to $40,000 project costs. Salary and/or project costs will not be awarded independently.

Application Process

  1. Contact the relevant Head of School or Discipline and obtain their written support
  2. Read How to apply for an ARC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start.
  3. Read the ARC Funding Rules
  4. Read the ARC's summary of changes to the funding rules for 2015
  5. Read the ARC Instructions to applicants
  6. Ensure you are registered for the Research News + Opportunities bulletin
  7. Create an application in RMS as soon as the application form is made available
  8. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form 
  9. Complete the Written evidence proforma (DOC) TBA


ARC resources

University of Sydney resources