Stem Cells Australia Retreat
ECR Session
12 July 2017
Dr Fiona Cameron

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Outline

  • A brief overview of my career
  • Being at the beginning of your career:
    • Australian Research Landscape 
    • DECRA
    • ARC processes
    • Being an assessor

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Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 (%)

Pie chart showing Commonwealth Investment in R&D 2016–17 ($m).

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National Competitive Grants Program

National Competitive Grants Program

Graphical representation of schemes in the ARC's National Competitive Grants Program. Each scheme is a rectangle with the area of the rectangle representing  ARC funding (new and ongoing projects) for 2016.

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Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

The objectives of the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (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; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.

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DECRA—return and success rates

DECRA—return and success rates

Discovery Early Career Research Award scheme return and success rates 2009–2017.

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NCGP Lifecycle

Funding Rules

  • Funding Rules are approved by Minister
  • Published on the ARC website
  • Sector is advised of availability

Proposals

  • Instructions to applicants, sample application form and FAQs published on ARC website
  • Eligibility Exemption Requests and Request Not to Assess Processes may be available 
  • Applications submitted by Eligible Organisations by the relevant scheme closing date.

Assessment

  • Proposals are considered against eligibility criteria and compliance with the Funding Rules.
  • Proposals are assessed by Detailed Assessors (with the exception of some Special Research Initiatives)
  • Applicants are given the opportunity to respond to Detailed Assessors’ written comments via a Rejoinder Process
  • Proposals are assessed by General Assessors taking into account the Detailed Assessments and Rejoinders

Selection

  • The Selection Advisory Committee (General Assessors) considers all proposals, recommends proposals to be funded and recommends the level at which successful proposals should be funded. 

Approval of funding

  • ARC CEO provides recommendations to the Minister with proposals to be approved for funding, proposals not recommended for funding, and the level of funding and duration of projects
  • Minister considers recommendations and approves and announces funding outcomes

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ARC Assessment Process

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This pictorial graph shows the ARC assessment process.

  1. Application
  2. Panel (can go directly to Selection Meeting)
  3. External Assessment
  4. Selection Meeting
  5. Outcomes

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Insights into grants process 

  • Understand the research field and international context
  • Develop your ideas to solve a research problem 
  • Network with leaders in the field. Consider the research environment when applying
  • Apply by yourself or as a team member….
  • Career interruptions—making a case for ROPE
  • Seek mentors on writing good grant applications
  • Your first grant application  
    • Write for your peers—write so that  someone broadly in your field will understand  your project
    • Write for the public—write a plain English statement
  • Don’t over-inflate authorship claims but don’t undersell yourself either.

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NEW Peer Review section on the ARC website

Designed to support our 20,000 strong assessor community. 

Peer Review section

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ARC Assessors

 

  • We encourage every active researcher to become an assessor for the ARC.
  • If you are not currently an assessor for the ARC and would like to become one then send:

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To be an ARC assessor

  • RMS account
  • Personal profile
  • FOR codes ~6 (interdisciplinary)
  • Expertise text
    • My primary area of expertise
    • Other areas I have worked in
    • Areas I could assess if necessary
    • Not a CV
  • Conflict of Interest/rejection
  • Constructive criticism
  • ROPE

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