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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO1742

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for funding commencing in 2020

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
13-Mar-2019 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
DE20 Round 1
Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) grant opportunity is a separate element of the Discovery Program. The DECRA grant opportunity provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

The objectives of the DECRA grant opportunity 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 Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities.


An application may only be submitted through the Research Office of an Eligible Organisation listed in the grant guidelines.

The individual named in an application must satisfy the eligibility criteria as a DECRA candidate.

The application must nominate only one DECRA candidate. A previous recipient of a DECRA is not eligible to apply for another DECRA.

An individual who has been nominated for a DECRA on two previous occasions is not eligible to apply for another DECRA. This includes withdrawn and ineligible applications.

To be eligible the DECRA candidate must, as at the grant opportunity closing date:

  • only apply for one DECRA in a given year;
  • have met the obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory final reports.
  • have an award of PhD Date on, or after 1 March 2014; or
  • have an award of PhD Date together with an allowable career interruptions that would be commensurate with an Award of PhD Date on or after 1 March 2014. The allowable career interruptions that will be considered, and the period allowed for each are in Table 8 of the grant guidelines.

A DECRA candidate can be concurrently funded through the Discovery Program for a maximum of: one ARC Fellowship and one project as a Chief Investigator (CI); or one ARC Fellowship or project if the individual is also a CI or Director on an active ARC Centre of Excellence or a Special Research Initiative project. Limits will be calculated at the closing time for submission of applications, and may be re-calculated as other grant opportunity announcements are made

Grant Activity Timeframe:

A project must be applied for and awarded funding for three consecutive years on a full-time basis. The DECRA may be employed on either a full-time, or a part-time basis subject to the employment conditions of the Administering Organisation provided that the DECRA does not exceed six years from the date of commencement (excluding any approved periods of suspension).

Estimated Grant Value (AUD):

From $307,116.00 to $427,116.00

Instructions for Application Submission:

The application must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.

Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes. The ARC reserves the right to change these criteria in future funding rounds. Grant Guidelines for all ARC schemes may be found attached to the relevant Grant Opportunity.

Administering Organisations must submit applications through RMS unless otherwise advised by the ARC.

All applications must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the relevant scheme Instructions to Applicants

Other Instructions:

All queries by researchers should be directed to the administering organisation of the application

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