DECRA Fellowships

Status: DECRA 2021

Internal deadlines

Supported Nomination Forms from Faculty/Institute M 9am Wednesday 25th September 2019
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DE21 scheme opens in RMSn/aTBC
Final application submitted to Research Office via RMSM9am Thursday 13th February 2020
Via RMS - Submit to Research Office
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C2 Organisational Statement in Word format Thursday 13th February 2020
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Certification form M Thursday 13th February 2020
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Request Not to Assess O Thursday 20th February 2020
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O - Optional / M - Mandatory


A scheme for early career researchers (ECRs), which forms a part of the ARC's Discovery program.  The objectives of the DECRA grant opportunity are to:

  1. Support excellent basic and applied research by ECRs;
  2. Advance promising ECRs and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways;
  3. Enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments;
  4. Expand Australia's knowledge base and research capabilities; and
  5. Enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.

DECRAs will be awarded funding in 2021 for a period of up to 3 years on a full time-basis. A researcher may only apply for up to 2 DECRAs over the period in which they are eligible.

Please note, this information based on Grant Guidelines for 2020 submissions. To be confirmed when Grant Guidelines for 2021 submissions are released by the ARC.

Funding amounts

Up to a maximum of $142,372 per year of funding. Per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $102,372 (inc. 30% on costs) and up to a maximum of $40,000 for project costs per year.

Please note, this information based on Grant Guidelines for 2020 submissions. To be updated when Grant Guidelines for 2021 submissions are released by the ARC.

How to apply

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
  2. Liaise with your mentor and complete the Nomination Form
  3. Forward the Nomination Form to

    Your Host Head of School or Department / SRC or Institute Director AND your Host Faculty Associate Dean (Research) or Director of IFM / IISRI / A2I2

  4. Faculty / IFM / IISRI/ A2I2 to send supported nomination forms to DR Grants by Wednesday 25th September 2019

  5. Applicants will receive further information on the next steps in the process from DR Grants
  6. Applicants to commence application in the ARC Research Management System – RMS. DE21 will open in RMS on Wednesday 2nd October 2019
  7. Use the Deakin University templates provided below and liaise with your Case Manager as necessary
  8. Organise certification form
  9. Complete submission of your application via RMS to the Research Office for compliance checking and forward your Organisational Statement and completed Certification Form to Deakin Research Grants

Documents and information

The ARC will no longer publish scheme specific documents on its website, but will make these available through GrantConnect. Links to scheme specific documents can be found below.

Policies and Strategies can still be found on the ARC website.

Templates, forms and tools

    Templates, certification forms and other resources are available below.

    Zip file for Templates and Certification Form


  • Template C1 - Project Description for DE20 submissions. To be updated when Instructions to Applicants for 2021 submissions are available from the ARC.
  • Template C2 - Statement by the Administering Organisation
  • Template D8 - ROPE Academic Career
  • Template D9 part 2 - ROPE Publication List
  • Template F1 - Justification of non-salary funding from the ARC
  • Template F2 - Administering Organisation Contributions
  • Template G1 - Research support
  • Template G2 - Statements on Progress for ARC-funded Projects

Certification Forms:

  • Certification Form

Other resources:

  • Guidance sheet for C2 Statement by the Administering Organisation
  • Budget and Justification Guide
  • Request not to Assess form
  • Eligibility Exemption Request Form
  • Deakin University Salary Calculator
  • Deakin University Data Management advice