Establishment Grants for ARC DECRAs

Critical Dates

Establishment Grants for DECRA

Academic Divisions specify different dates for application submissions, as follows:

Architecture, Building and Planning Monday 20 February 2017Hayley ShawCandidates seeking to submit a DECRA proposal through ABP are asked to please email Hayley Shaw to obtain details of internal requirements for submitting an Establishment Grant request.
Arts Thursday 23 February 2017John-Paul Hougaz and Jeanette Wrench 

Establishment Grants of $25,000 total may be requested.  Establishment Grant Forms should be submitted no later than Thursday 23 February 2017 to the Arts Research Team on the Faculty of Arts Establishment Grant application form together with the applicant’s draft Statement by Administering Organisation.

Business and Economics Wednesday 25 January 2017Kristie Matthews

Please send Establishment Grant Form to Kristie Matthews at

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Thursday 23 February 2017Jacinta Ridge MGSE applicants should apply using the MGSE Establishment Grant Request Form. Email application to Jacinta Ridge at by the due date. If you have any queries or require support, please contact the MERI team. 
Engineering Monday 13th February 2017Melissa Glenister

The Melbourne School of Engineering will support its DECRA applicants with $20,000 per annum for three years as part of the RIC Establishment Grant. Applicants should plan to use this support and the $20,000 provided by RIC in their proposal. The draft Strategic Statement should be provided to Melissa Glenister for review at by Monday 13th February 2016. Final strategic statements should be submitted to the same email by the due date.

Law N/AMas GenerisMelbourne Law School applicants should contact Mas Generis to apply for an Establishment Grant.
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Monday 27 February 2017Suzy Ryan

MDHS applicants should review the MDHS policy for ARC DECRA support and complete the MDHS specific application form which are located in the one document - Policy and Application form. Please direct questions to

Science 12pm Monday 20 February 2017Meghan BergaminPlease send Establishment Grant Form to Meghan Bergamin by the due date. See Faculty of Science DECRA webpage for more information. 
Veterinary and Agricultural Science Friday 3 February 2017Edwina GohFVAS will match Chancellery’s contribution of $25,000 towards the establishment grant. FVAS applicants should contact Edwina Goh to apply for an Establishment Grant. 
VCA and MCMFriday 17 February 2017, 5pmBianca DurrantVCAMCM Applicants can send Establishment Grant Forms to Bianca Durrant at by the deadline


The Scheme aims to:

  • Support successful ARC DECRAs in establishing their research program at the University of Melbourne
  • Enhance the candidate’s competitiveness when applying for the ARC DECRA scheme.

Faculties may set their own objectives and priorities in determining which candidates will be nominated for Establishment Grant support. DECRA applicants must apply to their host faculty for Establishment Grant support through whatever process the faculty deems appropriate. Establishment Grant requests must be submitted by faculties to Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC), not directly by individual DECRA applicants. For further information refer to your Faculty Research Manager.


RIC  will offer grants of up to $25,000 per project. To be eligible for central RIC support, the host department/school/faculty must provide matching funding on a 1:1 basis. The minimum amount per project committed by the faculty/school/department should be $12.5 thousand to ensure the Total Establishment Grant package has an impact. RIC may reduce its level of support in the event that requests exceed the budget for this program.

RIC does not impose any restrictions on how the RIC funding can be used, as long as it directly supports the DECRA and their project. Faculties may enforce restrictions on the use of funding as appropriate. RIC Establishment Grant support is conditional on the ARC DECRA being administered by the University for its entire duration.

How to apply

Follow steps 1-4 of the ARC DECRA grants page to apply for the award. Then, if applying for a DECRA Establishment Grant, follow  steps 5-7:

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI).

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  2. Update RMS 2.0 profile and CV

    Obtain access to RMS 2.0 and update profile information (see RMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the DECRA Funding Rules 2017, Instructions to Applicants and the FAQs.

  4. Complete the draft application in RMS

    Complete the application in RMS 2.0

  5. Apply to host faculty for support

    DECRA applicants apply to their host faculty for support (see Critical Dates for faculty-specific information and dates).

    Faculties may need to rank applications if they wish to limit support for a particular round.

  6. Faculty to submit request for support to RIC

    Faculties should submit a list of names with a faculty/school/department commitment and the requested RIC commitment by the 2016 ARC DECRA submission period (19-23 February 2016).

  7. Total requested Establishment Grant support details

    DECRA applicant should include details of the total requested Establishment Grant support in their ARC application, specifically:

    • Strategic Statement and Research Proposal (Research Environment subheading) – include details of the total financial support being provided by the Administering Organisation and how this will support the candidate and project
    • Research Support table (example below).
DescriptionSame Research Area (yes / no)Support Status (requested / current / past)Proposals / Project ID2015 ($’000)2016 ($’000)2017 ($’000)2018 ($’000)2019 ($’000)2020

M, Smith
University of Melbourne
DECRA Establishment Grant







Supporting documents

Faculty of Science Establishment Grant application form

MDHS Establishment Grant Application Form

MGSE Establishment Grant Request Form

ARC DECRA Grants webpage.


Establishment Grants for ARC DECRAs questions and primary email

Key Contact

Veronica Loew
T: +61 3 8344 8236

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