ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Status Closed
Aim The objectives of the DECRA scheme 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 Science and Research Priorities

A DECRA recipient may be awarded ARC funding of up to $139,369 per year of funding. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $99,369 (2016$), including 30% on-costs, and up to a maximum of $40,000 project costs. Salary and/or project costs will not be awarded separately.

A DECRA may be applied for and awarded ARC funding for three consecutive years on a full-time basis. Subject to the conditions in subsection D8.2.5, a DECRA Project may be undertaken on a part-time basis not exceeding six consecutive years.

Funding for a DECRA Project will commence effective 1 January 2018, unless other arrangements are approved by the ARC.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar 

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

Key Dates For funding commencing in 2018:

Outcomes expected: September 2017

For funding commencing in 2019:

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change

ARC Funding Rules released: August 2017
Macquarie University EOI deadline: TBC
ARC opening date in RMS: Monday 8 January 2018
Faculty deadline: TBC
Request Not to Assess due at RO: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Request Not to Assess due at ARC: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Eligibility exemption request due at RO: TBC
Research Office compliance check deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018
ARC closing date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Rejoinders open: TBC
Internal rejoinder review deadline: TBC
Final internal rejoinder compliance check deadline: TBC
ARC rejoinder deadline: TBC
Outcomes expected: TBC

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants & FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Form
Eligibility Exemption Requests
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy | v2014.3 | FAQs | Eligibility Examples

MQ DE18 Advice Toolkit - v2
MQ DE18 Budget Calculator
MQ Career Interruption Eligibility Exemption Request Template
Summary of MQ ERA 2015 Outcomes
Guide to Determining Journal Impact Factor, Quartile and Publication Percentile
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist

A series of workshops will provide you with strategic advice on how to complete specific sections of your DECRA application for funding commencing in 2019. View the workshop schedule.

If you are an external applicant applying for a DECRA through Macquarie University, please email for access to any of these resources.

Contacts Information and Compliance
Ms Belle Savage
Research Proposals Leader
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4877

Strategic Advice
Dr Ross Hill
Research Development Consultant
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737
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