The 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.

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 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 10 September 2015
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Open: 13 January 2016
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests Close: 27 January 2016
  • Proposals Open: 3 February 2016
  • Request Not to Assess Close:  8 March 2016
  • Proposals Close: 22 March 2016
  • Rejoinders: Open 16 June 2016 - Close 5.00pm (AEST) 29 June 2016
  • Announcement: October/November 2016