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

Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption (see Funding Rules and FAQs for detailed information).

It is anticipated that up to 200 three-year Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, including up to $40 000 per annum in project funds, may be awarded each year. 

Key Dates for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 1 September 2017 
  • Proposals Open: 8 January 2018
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 28 February 2018
  • Proposals Close: 14 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: 7 June 2018 to 21 June 2018
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2018

*Please note that these are approximate dates and are subject to change.

Note: The closing time for all Requests Not to Assess, Proposals Close and Rejoinders is 5.00pm Canberra time on the dates provided.