- 22 September 2016
Funding rules for 2018 released
- 16 January 2017
Proposals open in RMS
- 1 February 2017
RIC ARC DECRA Seminar
- 10 February 2017
Eligibility Exemption Request due to RIC (if applicable)
- Submission Period 21 February 2017 - 23 February 2017
Submit review ready application to RIC
- 6 March 2017
Request not to assess due to RIC
- 16 March 2017
Final Application Submission due to RIC
- 22 March 2017
Final Applications due to ARC
Rejoinders due to RIC in RMS by 5pm
- September 2017
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) supports early career researchers who have typically received their PhD in the last five years or have eligible commensurate career disruption.
The DECRA scheme aims 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; and
- Enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.
The scheme provides funding for up to 200 projects per round. Funding is awarded by the ARC of up to $139,369 per annum for three years, with a per annum salary contribution of $99,369 including 30 per cent on-costs and up to $40,000 project costs per annum. Project costs can be used to hire research
assistants, support HDR students, or fund equipment, consumables, Field Research, Travel, and dissemination costs. See section D of the Funding Rules for more information.
Some major Changes to 2018 DECRA Projects:
Your ‘active projects’ are used to calculate proposal limitations to ensure your eligibility to apply for a new grant.
The ARC have changed their definition of an ‘Active Project’. Previously when calculating proposal limitations, the ARC would calculate your active projects based on the original award letter of your Project. Meaning if you had a late start date or had carried forward project funding extending your project end date, this project did not count towards your proposal numbers.
Active Projects NOW mean: a Project that is receiving funding according to the terms of the original Funding Agreement, or has any carryover funds approved by the ARC, or an approved variation to the Project’s end date. Therefore if your project has carried forward any funding and the end date has changed, the NEW end date determines an active project.
Applicants should review all Limits on Project and proposal rules - See A6.3- page 14 and 15 of the Funding Rules):
A6.3.1 Within the Discovery Programme a researcher can be funded for a maximum of:
a. two Projects as a CI; or
b. one ARC Fellowship or ARC Award, and one Project as a CI.
A6.3.9 A Proposal may only be submitted for funding that the researcher would be eligible to hold under these rules as at the Funding Commencement Date of the Project/ARC Fellowship/ARC Award being applied for. The ARC will calculate this rule as at the closing time of submission of Proposals (and may calculate this rule again as other scheme rounds’ announcements are made)
SELECTION CRITERIA - new weighting
The new criteria weighting is as followed:
- Project Quality and Innovation: 40%
- DECRA candidate: 35%
- Feasibility: 10% (new weighting)
- Benefit: 15% (new weighting)
NOTE: Research Environment is no longer a selection criterion and the ‘Research Environment’ term has been removed from the Funding Rules in its entirety.
Some of the required criteria which fell under ‘Research Environment’ now falls under 'Feasibility' and 'Project Quality and Innovation'. Applicants should review section D5 of the Funding Rules, page 42 for further details.
Establishment Grants for ARC DECRA
Establishment Grants are internal grants to support ARC DECRA applicants at the University of Melbourne. Please refer to the establishment grant page for details.
How to apply
Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)
The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with DECRA candidate contact details.
Update RMS profile
Review the DECRA Funding Rules and the Instructions to Applicants. These documents are available under the Supporting documents tab.
Complete the draft application
Log on to RMS to complete the draft application.
Work on the Strategic Statement in respect of the Research Environment with your supervisor and department/faculty. The Head of Department must certify the Strategic Statement Coversheet before submission to RIC.
Eligibility Exemption Request
If applicable, complete the Eligibility Exemption Request form. This is a spreadsheet that details career interruptions for applicants whose PhD was awarded prior to 1 March 2012.
This form must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 February 2017 so that RIC can arrange for the DVC(R) to certify eligibility.
Submit 'Review ready' application to RIC
See the Major Grant Rounds Submission Procedure document for information on review ready applications for Gold and Silver Service.
Submit application to RIC email@example.com within the RIC internal submission period. Include the following:
- An electronic copy of the complete review ready draft application (PDF downliaded from RMS)
- Specify whether you are requesting Gold or Silver Service
- An electronic copy (i.e. Microsoft Word document) of the Strategic Statement, using the template letterhead provided.(NOTE: Applicants from MDHS, Arts and Science should submit Strategic Statement to their Faculty)
- D2 Strategic Statement coversheet, signed by Head of Department/School (NOTE: For applicants from Arts and Science, this certification will be arranged by your Faculty Research Office).
- If applicable, the applicant should include an electronic copy of the Request Not to Assess form if they would like to request the exclusion of a potential assessor.
Tip: Section G1, 'Research support for all participants', is necessary for every applicant, even when no other research funding is held. The current DE18 application must be included, and if you are requesting an Establishment Grant, this should also be listed.
RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email. For Gold service, two staff members will review the application. For Silver service, it will be reviewed by one person.
Complete the application
After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.
Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form
The form must be submitted to RIC via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00pm on the final internal closing date. This form should include:
- Complete the compliance and eligibility section
- Signature of all CIs and PIs
- Signature of the Head of Department for each CI
- Signature of the CEO (or delegate) for all Australian-based PIs
Electronic signatures are permitted.
This is an ARC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to ARC until received.
Before 5:00pm on the final internal Closing date, the applicant must:
- Submit final application by clicking ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS
- Email RIC (email@example.com) a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form
Note: Applications without a completed Authority to Submit form cannot be submitted to the ARC
RIC will submit the application
Once the application has been submitted to ARC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.
A 'review ready' draft application
- RMS Profile for personnel
- Section A - Admin Summary
- Section B - Classifications/ Statistical Info
- Section C - Personnel and ROPE
- Section D - Include DECRA Candidate and Management of Data. The completed draft may exclude the Aims and Background/ Project Quality and Innovation/ Feasibility and Benefit.
- Section D2 - Strategic Statement
- Section D3 and D4 - Medical Research Statement
- SectionD5 - Objectives
- Section E - Project Cost
- Section F - Budget Justifications
- Section G - Research Support and Statements of Progress
- The ARC DECRA website
- Funding Rules for DECRA commencing in 2018
- Summary of Major Changes to Funding Rules
- Cross Scheme Eligibility FAQs
- Instructions to Applicants and FAQs - NEW 16 Jan 2017
- ARC Medical Policy
It is important that you review this definition if your proposal is aimed at understanding or treating a human disease or health condition. If you are still unsure, please seek advice from colleagues/mentors.
- ARC Request Not to Assess form
- Draft Funding Agreement
- ARC Medical Research Policy
- ARC College of Experts
- Australian Government Science and Research Priorities
- Notice of Intent (NOI)
Preparing a DECRA application:
- RIC DECRA 2018 Information Seminar slides ***NOTE: This version was updated 21 Feb 2017. The previous document contained outdated references to selection criteria***
- 2018 DECRA seminar (1/02/2017 recording)
- Grants Library of Successful Applications (Uni Login Required)
- RIC DE18 Authority to Submit Form (UoM login required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a copy)
- RIC Eligibility Exemption Form. This is to be completed where an applicant's PhD was awarded prior to 1 March 2012.
- 2018 Strategic Statement Coversheet to be signed by the Head of Department/School
- 2018 DECRA D2 Strategic Statement Guide
- 2018 D2 Template Letterhead
- 2018 DECRA Applicant Guide Updated 7/2/2017
- 2018 Salary Scales and Budget Preparation Spreadsheet Updated 10/2/2017 to include Admin Org contributions
- Question F1 Budget Justification template Update 8/2/2017
- Part G Research Support template
- RIC Top Ten Tips for DE18 eligibility
- Information on how to complete Management of Data in section D1.
External applicants please note: If you require access to documents requiring a UoM login, please email email@example.com.
- DECRA questions and primary email
|Veronica Loew||+61 3 8344 8236|
|Angela Baklavas||+61 3 8344 2018|