• support outstanding early-career researchers with demonstrated capacity for high-quality research and emerging capability for leadership and supervision
  • foster collaboration, with national or international researchers
  • support excellent and innovative research that addresses a significant problem or gap in knowledge and represents value for money
  • create new or advanced knowledge resulting from the outcomes of the research with economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways in high-quality and supportive environments.

Funding and Grant Duration

Salary funding level

$112,897 (including 30 per cent on-costs)

Salary funding duration

Three consecutive years on a full-time basis/Part time basis not exceeding six consecutive years

Project funding level

Up to $50,000 per year

Project funding duration

Three consecutive years

Assessment Criteria

Investigator/Capability – 35%

Project Quality and Innovation – 35%

Benefit – 15%

Feasibility – 15%

DECRA 2025 – eligibility PhD

To be eligible for DE25, the candidate must, at the grant opportunity closing date,

  • have an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2019, or
  • have an award of PhD date together with an allowable period of career interruptions that would be commensurate with an award of PhD date on, or after 1 March 2019. The allowable career interruptions set out and the period allowed for each are in Table 8 of the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines – Fellowships (2023 edition).

Key Dates for DECRA 2025 (DE25)

Draft Project Description, Budget and D3. Statement by the Administering Organisation due to the Research Grants Team: 21 August 2023

Release of Grant Guidelines: 12 October 2023

Applications open in the ARC RMS system: 12 October 2023

Request Not to Assess internal deadline: 20 November 2023

Request Not to Assess Closes to the ARC: 23 November 2023

Final Applications due to the Research Grants Team: 16 November 2023

Applications Close to the ARC: 7 December 2023

Rejoinders: 28 March to 15 April 2024

Anticipated Announcement: 2 September – 13 September 2024

Peer Review

Contact your Faculty ADR/Institute Director or Faculty/Institute Research Manager for advice on peer review programs.

ACU Library

Support for grant applications

ACU Library’s Impact Service can provide evidence of research performance which can be used in grant applications. They can also advise on Research Data Management Plans and Open Access requirements.

Researchers can request a consultation with a Senior Librarian by emailing the following:

Education and Arts – LibraryFEA@acu.edu.au

Health Sciences – LibrarySoAH@acu.edu.au

Law and Business – LibraryFLB@acu.edu.au

Theology and Philosophy – LibraryFTP@acu.edu.au

ACU eResearch

Support for grant applications

The ACU eResearch team can assist with:

  • Development of research data management plans
  • Development of estimates for the IT components of grant applications
  • Calculation of inā€kind contributions based on Intersect services, such as high performance computing (HPC) and consultation/advice
  • Advice on research data storage
  • Advice on research computing platforms
  • Advice on research tools and applications

The eResearch team can be contacted via email e.Research@acu.edu.au

Documents and Resources


ARC DECRA webpage

DECRA factsheet (PDF, 249KB)

Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 edition (PDF, 630KB)

Summary of Changes – Discovery Fellowships Grant Guidelines 2023 (PDF, 253KB)

DE25 Instructions to Applicants – (To be added when the scheme opens on October 12)

DE25 Sample Application Form - (To be added when the scheme opens on October 12)

DE25 Discovery Program Draft Grant Agreement - (To be added when the scheme opens on October 12)

DE25 Frequently Asked Questions – (To be added when the scheme opens on October 12)

RMS User Guide - Requesting and Maintaining an RMS User Account (PDF, 1.55MB) 

RMS User Guide – Submitting an Application in RMS (PDF, 1.98MB) 

RMS User Guide – Submitting a Request Not to Assess (PDF, 622MB)

Australian Government Science and Research Priorities

Medical Research Policy

Articulating National Interest in grant applications

ARC College of Experts


How to Submit a Project Registration Online Form (PROF) in Orion (PDF, 927KB)

Pre-Award Salaries Calculator (XLSX, 319KB)

ACU Academic Staff and Professional Staff salaries


As part of the ARC assessment process the assessment comments provided by external assessors are made available to applicants prior to the final assessments being conducted by the Selection Advisory Committee. The rejoinder process then allows applicants to respond to assessment comments made by external assessors.

ARC Rejoinder information

Instructions for accessing assessments and submitting your rejoinder text in RMS (PDF, 610KB)

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