ARC & NHMRC Grant Schemes

  • DECRA

    • The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is a separate element of the Discovery Programme. The DECRA scheme will provide more focused support for researchers and create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research.

    • What you need to do

      • Step 1: Discuss your intention to submit with your Head of School / Centre Director / AHOS: Research

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      • Step 2: Nominations - April/May

        • Nomination of DECRA applicants must be made by an EASS Head of School, Associate Head of School: Research, or Research Centre Director. Please email the EASS Research Office.

      • Step 3: Complete a preliminary eligibility form and review the funding documents - June/July

      • Step 4: Meet with EASS Dean: R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer - July/August

        • The EASS Research Office will contact applicants to arrange a meeting with the EASS Dean: R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer.

      • Step 5: Participate in the Division's support program - September-December

        • After the initial meeting with the EASS Dean: Research & Innovation, please start drafting the application - Project Description and ROPE sections of the application first. This can be done outside of RMS following the format of the Instructions to Applicants.

        • The Division will organise 'Pitch' workshops; internal grant development support; peer review by academics colleagues; and development of Statement by the Administering Organisation. Timing and details will be provided by the EASS Research Office to applicants. Participation in the Division's support program is mandatory
      • Step 6: External Deadline: ARC Eligibility Exemptions - January

        • Any applicant who is claiming a career interruption to the ECR period needs to enter an Eligibility Exemption on RMS (in some years this may be before the scheme officially opens).

      • Step 7: Proposals open at the ARC - January

        • Create proposal on RMS.

        • Confirmed DECRA applicants will receive an email directly from Research & Innovation Services reminding them of major deadlines, requests not to acess, University-wide resources, and compliance reviews. Please note the dates and information provided and continue to liaise with the EASS Research Office if you have any queries.
      • Step 8: Division deadline for Statement by the Administering Organisation - February

      • Step 9:  Division deadline for application - February

        • Submit your advanced draft of the application (all sections) to the EASS Research Office with the signed EASS Research Funding Coversheet and copies of Head of School commitment of employment conditions and resources.

      • Step 10: University Closing Date - February

        • EASS Research Office will on-send the application and coversheet to Research & Innovation Services for compliance review. After this date you should only make minor changes, e.g. in response to compliance requests.

      • Step 11: Submission to ARC - March

        • Research & Innovation Services submit completed application to ARC
      • Step 12: Rejoinder Process - approx. June

        • Write Rejoinder in response to Assessor Comments.

  • DISCOVERY PROJECTS

    • The Discovery Projects scheme provides funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

    • What you need to do (note: dates are indicative only and subject to change depending on announced dates from the ARC. See www.arc.gov.au for 'Funding – Important Dates')

      • Step 1: Discuss your intentions with your Head of School and/or AHOS: Research

        • Discuss intended application with Head of School and/or AHOS: Research; negotiate potential School contributions.

      • Step 2: Notify the EASS Research Office of intent to apply – July/August

      • Step 3: Strategy discussion meeting with EASS Dean: R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer – September

        • The EASS Research Office will arrange a meeting time for you with the Dean:R&I and/or Grant Developer to discuss your application strategy.

      • Step 4: Complete Preliminary Eligibility Form, EOI form, and review funding rules – October

      • Step 5: Discuss application support your School's Academic Services (Research) Team Leader and EASS Grant Developer – September/October

        • Notify EASS Research Office of when draft/s will be ready for Grant Developer review.

        • Continue to liaise with Team Leader and Grant Developer as application proceeds.
      • Step 6: Participate in the Division’s support opportunities as required – September-January

        • Details of support will be made available once the EOI forms are received. These may include presentations, external reviews etc. 

      • Step 7: Proposals open at the ARC – approx. December

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      • Step 8: Division deadline – mid-January

        • Final application with the EASS Research Funding Coversheet emailed to the EASS Research Office for Dean: R&I sign off.

      • Step 9: University closing date – early February

        • EASS Research Office will on-send the application and coversheet to Research & Innovation Services for compliance review.

      • Step 10: Submission to ARC – end February/March

        • Research & Innovation Services submit completed application to ARC.

      • Step 11: Rejoinder Process – approx. June

        • Write Rejoinder in response to Assessor Comments. An EASS Rejoinder workshop may be offered.

  • FUTURE FELLOWSHIPS

    • The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim of Future Fellowships is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers.

    • What you need to do 

      • Step 1: Discuss your intention with your Head of School / Centre Director / AHOS: Research

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      • Step 2: Notify your School's Academic Services (Research) Team Leader and the EASS Research Office

      • Step 3: Complete a preliminary eligibility form and review the funding documents

      • Step 4: Meet with the EASS Dean: R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer

        • The EASS Research Office will contact applicants to arrange a meeting with the EASS Dean: R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer to discuss application strategy and support

      • Step 5: Prepare application and check deadlines

        • Draft your application; liaise with the EASS Research Office for further application support; check Division, University and ARC deadlines

  • LINKAGE PROJECTS

    • The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to eligable organisitions to support research and development projects which: are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system; are undertaken to acquire new knowledge; and involve risk or innovation.

    • What you need to do  

      • Step 1: Discuss your intended application with your Head of School and/or AHOS: Research

        • Discuss intended application with Head of School and/or AHOS: Research; negotiate potential School contributions.

      • Step 2: Notify the EASS Research Office of your intent to apply and approximate submission date

      • Step 3: Strategy discussion meeting with EASS Dean:R&I and/or EASS Grant Developer

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      • Step 4: Complete Preliminary Eligibility Form, Division EOI form, and review ARC Funding Rules

      • Step 5: Discuss application support with your school's Academic Services (Research) Team Leader and EASS Grant Developer

        • Notify EASS Research Office of when draft/s will be ready for Grant Developer review.

        • Continue to liaise with the Grant Developer on application drafts.
      • Step 6: Identify if external review required - no later than 14 weeks before intended submission to ARC

      • Step 7: External review of application (if desired) and EASS review of budget - no later than 9 weeks before intended submission

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      • Step 8: Division deadline - 6 weeks before intended submission

      • Step 9: University closing date - 4 weeks before intended submission

        • EASS Research Office will on-send the application and coversheet to Research & Innovation Services for compliance review.

        • Important note: RIS advise that Linkage Project applications submitted for internal review during the major grant submission period (Jan-April) may have longer turnaround times. For futher information visit the RIS webpage.  
      • Step 10: Submission to ARC

        • Research & Innovation Services submit completed application to ARC.

      • Step 11: Rejoinder Process

        • Write Rejoinder in response to Assessor Comments

  • LIEF

    • The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations. LIEF application processes at UniSA are predominantly coordinated by Research & Innovation Services.

    • What you need to do  

      • Step 1: Respond to central call for EOIs

        • Research & Innovation Services will circulate EOI forms to all academic staff

      • Step 2: Notify your School's Academic Services (Research) Team Leader and the EASS Research Office of your intent to apply

Areas of study and research

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