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
  • 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 $140,858 per year of funding. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $100,858 (2017$), including 30% on-costs, and up to a maximum of $40,000 project costs. Salary and/or project costs will not be awarded separately.

Funding for a DECRA Project will commence effective 1 January 2019, 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 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, Ms Jan Zwar

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

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

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

Key DatesFor funding commencing in 2019:

ARC dates are indicative and are subject to change

ARC Funding Rules released: Friday 1 September 2017
Macquarie University EOI deadline: Friday 27 October 2017
ARC opening date in RMS: Monday 8 January 2018
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Eligibility exemption request due at Research Services: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Request Not to Assess due at Research Services: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Request Not to Assess due at ARC: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Research Services compliance check deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018
ARC closing date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Rejoinders: Thursday 7 June 2018 to Thursday 21 June 2018
Outcomes expected: October 2018

DECRA EOI for funding commencing in 2019 - Although the EIO deadline has passed, if you wish to be approved to apply for an ARC DECRA through Macquarie University in the current round, please discuss your project with your Macquarie academic contact who may be able to sponsor you through a late EOI process.

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants & FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Form
Eligibility Exemption Requests
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policyv2017.1

MQ DE19 Advice Toolkit - v2
MQ DE19 Budget Calculator - v2
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)
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder


Workshop 1: Introduction to the ARC DECRA Funding Scheme
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 2: Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE)
Arts and Social Sciences:  Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]
Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 3: Developing your Project Description
Arts and Social Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]
Sciences: Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 4: Building your Budget
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 5: Writing the Statement by the Administering Organisation
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]

Workshop 6: Crafting an Effective Rejoinder
Tuesday 12 June 2018, 13:30-15:00, Senate Room (C8A, 16 Wally's Walk, room 310)
Slides [PDF] Advice Document [PDF]

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 Consultant
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737
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