Micro-funding awarded to 25 early career researchers to advance research trajectories


Pictured L-R: Recipients of the ECR Enabling Scheme Dr Diana Matovic, Dr Jincheol Kim, Dr Kirstin Mills and Dr Samantha Spanos  

Congratulations to the 25 early career researchers (ECRs) recently awarded micro-funding from the ECR Enabling Scheme (EES). The scheme is funded by the DVCR and delivered by the PVC (Research Performance and Development) team to provide ECRs with up to $3000 to enhance their research prospects.  

Funds can be requested for equipment purchase, research assistant support, workshops or training, transcription services, open-access publication costs and research-related travel including for conferences or fieldwork.  

The scheme also creates an opportunity for ECRs to participate in a grant assessment panel. Formed by ECRs from across the faculties, the panels provide guidance and feedback to all applicants on the strength and weaknesses of their applications, providing a learning opportunity for future grant applications.  

Among the recipients were Dr Diana Matovic, Dr Jincheol Kim, Dr Kirstin Mills and Dr Samantha Spanos. 

Dr Spanos, from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, says: “The EES funds will enable me to present my research on quality measurement in primary care skin cancer management at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) conference in Seoul this year and collaborate with international researchers in this field.” 

EES Grant recipients 
Faculty of Arts 


Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences 


Faculty of Science and Engineering 


Macquarie Business School 



Dr Jincheol Kim will use the EES funding to develop a material stabilisation technology for perovskite solar cells. This technology will help the cells to reach their full potential in reducing carbon emissions. 

He says: “Applying for the EES scheme was a valuable experience that helped me improve my proposal writing skills and gave me access to essential equipment for engaging in further research funding opportunities.” 

Dr Mills says the funding will enable the Open Access publication of some of her most innovative research, which identifies new forms of Gothic literature in the 19th century and now. 

“Publishing Open Access is important to increase the visibility, reach and impact of my work ahead of my larger, developing projects,” she adds.  

Dr Diana Matovic will access her funding to support a study that aims to identify the barriers to, and enablers of, social participation and isolation in older adults with cognitive impairment.  

“This funding will allow me to begin to build my independence as a researcher by leading my own projects, increase my number of first-author publications, and seek further funding to use the results from this study to develop and test an intervention to increase social participation in people with cognitive impairment and their supporters,” adds Dr Matovic.  

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