ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Aim The objectives of the DECRA scheme are to:
  • support excellent basic and applied research by early career researchers;
  • support national and international research collaboration;
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas;
  • advance promising early career researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways; and
  • enable research and research training in high quality and supportive environments.

A DECRA recipient may be awarded ARC funding of up to $154,316 per year of funding. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $104,316 (2019$), including 30% on-costs, and up to a maximum of $50,000 project costs. Salary and/or project costs will not be awarded separately.

Funding for a 2021 DECRA Project will commence effective 1 January 2021, unless other arrangements are approved by the ARC.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme and are available to provide strategic advice on your application. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Services 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, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human 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 Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team by the MQ submission date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

For funding commencing in 2021:

Macquarie University EOI open: Friday 7 June 2019
Macquarie University EOI deadline: 5 pm (AEST) Thursday 15 August 2019
Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Tuesday 8 October 2019
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Macquarie University submission date: Thursday 6 February 2020 - All complete applications and requests not to assess must be submitted internally by this date. Consult your Faculty Research Office for specific submission instructions.
Research Services submission to ARC: Thursday 12 March 2020
Rejoinder period: Wednesday 24 June 2020 to Tuesday 7 July 2020
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2020

For funding commencing in 2022:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Macquarie University EOI open: TBA
Macquarie University EOI deadline: TBA
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 7 October 2020 - All complete applications and requests not to assess must be submitted internally by this date. Consult your Faculty Research Office for specific submission instructions.
Research Services submission to ARC: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Rejoinder period: Wednesday 3 March 2021 to Wednesday 17 March 2021
Outcomes expected: Mid-2021

ARC dates are indicative and are subject to change 



DECRA EOI for funding commencing in 2021

Due by 5 pm (AEST) Thursday 15 August 2019

Note: Although the EOI deadline has now passed, if you wish to be considered as a DECRA Candidate through Macquarie University in the 2021 round, please discuss your project with your Macquarie academic contact or Faculty contact (see above) who may be able to advise you on the late EOI submission process.

Before completing your EOI, please note the following:

  • Responses must be submitted using this form
  • Chrome is the recommended browser for completing this EOI to ensure compatibility with the form
  • Responses can only contain plain text. Rich text and images cannot be entered into this form.
  • Your responses will only be recorded once you click "Submit" on the final page of this form
  • It is recommended that you download the form template ( and complete your EOI in Word before completing this online form. You will not be able to complete this online form in stages. You can only save this online form once it is fully complete.
  • You will receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your responses once you submit the form
  • If you receive this error message when trying to submit your form, “Your response is too large, try shortening some answers”, please email your list of research outputs as a PDF to and in Part J of this form only write, "Research output list emailed to"
  • EOIs that are incomplete will be ruled ineligible

EOIs will be assessed within faculties and those deemed competitive will advance to the full application stage.


Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy

MQ DE21 Advice Toolkit - v1
MQ DE21 Budget Calculator
MQ DE21 Budget Calculator Online Demonstration
MQ Career Interruption Eligibility Exemption Request Template
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 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)
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder


  1. Introduction to the ARC DECRA Funding Scheme
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Dr Amy Cain (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
    18 July 2019
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  2. Developing your Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence for the DECRA Scheme
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Julie Fitness (Faculty of Human Sciences)
    3 September 2019
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream] 
  3. Developing your DECRA Project Description
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof Kathryn Millard (Faculty of Arts)
    12 September 2019
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  4. Changes to the Application from Last Round and Building your DECRA Budget
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
    25 October 2019
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  5. Writing the Statement by the Administering Organisation for the DECRA Scheme
    Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
    30 October 2019
    Slides [PDF]
    Recording [Microsoft Stream]
  6. Crafting an Effective ARC DECRA Rejoinder
    About: This workshop will provide strategic advice to 2021 ARC DECRA applicants on what to include in your rejoinder, pitfalls to avoid, suggested structures, as well as examples from rejoinders where the grant was successfully funded.
    Date: Monday 26 June 2020
    Time: 12:30 - 14:00
    Location: 12 Wally's Walk, level 8, room 801
    Speaker: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)

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

ContactsInformation and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Dr Ross Hill
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 18 Mar 2020 2:17pm

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