DRA is a UK wide academic competition which is awarded annually to junior researchers who are pursuing (or have recently completed) doctoral degrees in the UK. It has been organised annually since 2012.DRA's purpose is to promote and reward academic and scientific excellence among young researchers who will be the world class academics of the future. Indeed, despite being founded less than a decade ago, one is already witnessing the emergence of the leading scientists from the past winners of DRA who have reached the highest ranking positions in the academia. Over the years, thanks to our supporters, DRA has evolved considerably both in scale and quality. This year we are proud to open the call for the 10th DRA, yet another wonderful journey awaits ahead which will be concluded at the grand ceremony. We are indebted to the intellectual support of our reviewers and financial support of our sponsor (Springer Nature and Applied Sciences) and local donators.