Australian Research Council (ARC): Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) – Call for Proposals

The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Program. 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.

The 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
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities

Funding & Duration

$100,858 (2017$) per year salary contribution (including 30% on-costs), plus up to $40,000 per year Project costs for three years. Please note: Salary and/or Project costs will not be awarded separately.


A DECRA Candidate must at the closing time of submission of Proposals:

  • have been conferred a PhD on or after 1 March 2013; or
  • have a PhD conferral date together with allowable periods of career interruption that would be commensurate with being awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2013.

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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