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

Eligibility Exemption Requests due at ARC: 27 January 2016
Applications open:  February 2016
Internal closing date: 1 March 2016
(Review ready applications to Research Support)
(D2 Strategic Statements submitted to Jenny Turner)
Request not to assess due at ARC: 8 March 2016
Internal closing date (Final applications): 15 March 2016
Applications due at ARC: 22 March 2016
Rejoinders: June 2016


Eligible to apply if - PhD awarded on or after 1 March 2011 with NO Career Interruption OR on or between 1 March 2007 and 1 March 2011 WITH Career Interruption, for reasons of maternity or parental leave; carer’s responsibility; illness; disruption due to relocation for international postdoctoral studies; non-research employment or unemployment.


A DECRA offers funding of up to $137,708 per year for 3 years. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $97,708, including 30 per cent on costs, and up to $40,000 project costs. Salary and/or project costs will not be awarded separately.

Application Process

  1. Contact the relevant Head of School or Discipline and obtain their written support
  2. Check the Resources section below for helpful information
  3. Read the ARC Funding Rules and instructions to applicants
  4. Submit an Eligibility Exemption Request (if applicable)
  5. Submit Request Not To Assess form (if applicable)
  6. Complete a Research Proposal Clearance Form
  7. Complete the Written Evidence proforma
  8. Create an application in RMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by the internal closing date
  9. Submit complete final application by final application due date


ARC resources

University of Sydney resources