ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

StatusClosed
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 Australian Covernment's Science and Research Priorities
Funding

A DECRA recipient may be awarded ARC funding of up to $142,372 per year of funding. The per annum salary contribution from the ARC is fixed at $102,372 (2018$), 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 2020 DECRA Project will commence effective 1 January 2020, 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, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Human Sciences
humansciencesresearch@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
fmhs.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

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: September 2019
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 2 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: Mid 2020

For funding commencing in 2020:

Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2019

ARC dates are indicative and are subject to change 

Resources

DECRA EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2021

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 (https://goto.mq.edu.au/de21-eoi-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 research.preaward@mq.edu.au and in Part J of this form only write, "Research output list emailed to research.preaward@mq.edu.au"
  • 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.

DECRA INFORMATION FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2020

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 DE20 Advice Toolkit - v1
MQ DE20 Budget Calculator - v1
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

WORKSHOPS FOR FUNDING COMMENCING IN 2021

  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
    About: This workshop will describe the changes to the DECRA application form from last round. Advice will then be provided on how to build your DECRA budget and how to justify your funding requests.
    Date: Thursday 10 October 2019
    Time: 15:00-16:30
    Location: 12 Wally's Walk, level 8, room 801
    Speaker: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
    Add to calendar
  5. Writing the Statement by the Administering Organisation for the DECRA Scheme
    About: The final DECRA workshop will focus on what to include in the MQ strategic letter of support for your application and the process to follow for obtaining the DVCR’s signature.
    Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
    Time: 13:00-14:30
    Location: 12 Wally's Walk, level 8, room 801
    Speakers: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services) and Dr Devika Kamath (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
    Add to calendar

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
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