The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The DECRA scheme provides focused research support 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
  • support national and international research collaboration
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways
  • enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments

Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have an award of a PhD date in accordance with the grant opportunity eligibility dates listed on the Important Dates for ARC Grant Application Process page, or longer if combined with an allowable period of career interruption.

It is anticipated that up to 200 three-year Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, including up to $50,000 per annum in project funds, may be awarded each year. 

All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2021 are now available on GrantConnect.

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Documents and Information for the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2021