ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

StatusExpressions of interest open for funding commencing in 2022
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.
Funding

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
artsro@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
fmhhs.researchsupport@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
sci.research@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
mqbs-ro@mq.edu.au
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.

ARC message on eligibility extension (1 May 2020): Due to the impacts of COVID-19 to early career researchers, the ARC has introduced a one year automatic eligibility extension for all researchers currently in their final year of eligibility. Researchers in their final year of eligibility for DECRA may choose to apply in 2020 (for DECRA 2022) within the existing eligibility timeframes or in 2021 (for DECRA 2023) utilising the automatic one-year extension. Final year applicants cannot apply in both rounds.

For funding commencing in 2022:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Macquarie University EOI open: Friday 24 April 2020
Macquarie University EOI deadline: 5 pm (AEST) Wednesday 19 August 2020
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 21 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 25 November 2020 (extended from 11 November 2020)
Rejoinder period: Wednesday 10 March 2021 to Tuesday 23 March 2021
Outcomes expected: Third Quarter 2021

For funding commencing in 2021:

Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2020

ARC dates are indicative and are subject to change 

Resources

DECRA EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2022

  • DECRA EOI form for funding commencing in 2022
  • Due by 5 pm (AEST) Wednesday 19 August 2020
  • Submit your EOI via email to your relevant Faculty Research Office (see email addresses above)
  • EOIs will be assessed within faculties and those deemed competitive will advance to the full application stage

WORKSHOPS FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2022

  1. Introduction to the ARC DECRA Funding Scheme for Funding Commencing in 2022
    About: This workshop will provide general background information on the ARC DECRA funding scheme. Early career researchers who have not applied for ARC funding in the past will benefit and are strongly encouraged to attend. The workshop will cover eligibility, ARC and Macquarie funding, the application process and structure, assessment process, and research support services available to applicants.
    Date: Wednesday 29 July 2020
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: via Zoom (https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/95425587896)
    Speakers: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Dr Katrina Hutchison (DECRA Fellow, Faculty of Arts)
    ADD TO CALENDAR
  2. Developing your Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence for the DECRA Scheme
    About: The Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) section of your application is crucial in demonstrating your track record and performance as a researcher. This workshop will describe how to respond to each section of ROPE and provide suggestions on how to clearly articulate your research opportunities, the quantity, quality, impact and benefit of your research outputs, and your most outstanding achievements and contributions to your field.
    Date: Wednesday 23 September 2020
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: via Zoom (https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/95399142877)
    Speakers: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof John Sutton (ARC College of Experts, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences)
    ADD TO CALENDAR
  3. Developing your DECRA Project Description
    About: This workshop will provide strategic advice and guidance on how to complete your Project Description, with a focus on structure, content, pitch and format.
    Date: Wednesday 30 September 2020
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: via Zoom (https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/91500675437)
    Speakers: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Prof David Coutts (ARC College of Experts, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
    ADD TO CALENDAR
  4. Building your DECRA Budget
    About: This workshop will provide advice on how to build your DECRA budget and how to justify your funding requests.
    Date: Wednesday 7 October 2020
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: via Zoom (https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/93079415072)
    Speaker: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
    ADD TO CALENDAR
  5. Writing the Statement by the Administering Organisation for the DECRA Scheme
    About: The final workshop will focus on what to include in the Macquarie strategic letter of support for your DECRA application and the process to follow for obtaining the DVCR’s signature.
    Date: Tuesday 13 October 2020
    Time: 12:00 - 13:30
    Location: via Zoom (https://macquarie.zoom.us/j/98617084986)
    Speakers: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Dr Lisi Beyersmann (DECRA Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences)
    ADD TO CALENDAR

DECRA INFORMATION FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2021

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

MACQUARIE RESOURCES
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

If you are an external applicant applying for a DECRA through Macquarie University, please email ross.hill@mq.edu.au for access to any of these resources.

ContactsInformation and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
research.preaward@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Dr Ross Hill
Research Development Manager
Research Services
ross.hill@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

Faculty Research Managers (contact details above):
Jan Zwar, Faculty of Arts
Kyle Ratinac, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Irina Zakoshanski, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Agnieszka Baginska, Macquarie Business School

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 09 Jul 2020 9:24am

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