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CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B ARC DISCOVERY, 2016 BUDGET OVERVIEW (DP & IN) ROSE FIRKIN –EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GRANTS DEAKIN RESEARCH.

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1 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B ARC DISCOVERY, 2016 BUDGET OVERVIEW (DP & IN) ROSE FIRKIN –EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GRANTS DEAKIN RESEARCH

2 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B CONTENTS What can be requested from the ARC What can’t be requested from the ARC Common Budget Mistakes

3 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B FUNDING & DURATION (p. 31 or p. 41) Minimum = $30,000 p.a Maximum = $500,000 p.a Duration = years (DP) Duration = 3 consecutive years only (IN)

4 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? PERSONNEL (DP & IN) Postdoctoral research associates, research assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants Higher Degree by Research stipends - rate = $25,406 per annum IN ONLY – stipends to support Indigenous Australian Honours students

5 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? PERSONNEL Personnel requests must include 28% on-costs Do NOT include indexation Legitimate to include salary increments

6 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? TEACHING RELIEF For Chief Investigators NOT available for ARC Fellowship or Award recipients including DAATSIA applicants Capped at $40,000 per annum per proposal

7 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? EQUIPMENT Include both hardware and software items Specialised computer equipment and software Indicate the cost of equipment and installation Prices must exclude GST and be based on accurate costs gained from suppliers

8 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? MAINTENANCE Consumables (reagents, assays, test tubes etc) Items for use with equipment (eg. batteries for taping equipment)

9 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? TRAVEL Travel costs (domestic or international travel) Capped at $50,000 over the life of the project (excludes travel relating to Field Research) Can be requested for CIs, PIs and research support personnel

10 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? FIELDWORK EXPENSES Travel Accommodation costs Technical & logistical support

11 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? OTHER Access to national / international research and infrastructure (archives, collections & databases) Access to workshop services (machine tools & technicians) Expert services of a third party (language translation, transcribing, data collection & analysis) Purchase of bibliographical or archival material

12 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? OTHER Publication and dissemination of Project outputs and outreach activity costs Web hosting and web development (designers may be best listed under “Personnel”) Workshops focus groups and conferences (necessary to the conduct of the research) – can include ‘reasonable’ hospitality costs

13 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? DISCOVERY INTERNATIONAL AWARD (DIA’s) - DP For up to 2 researchers per proposal (CIs or PIs) For a CI to work overseas on the project with an overseas based PI and/or an overseas based PI to work in Australia on the Project Preference given to overseas based PIs See pp 31 – 32 of the funding rules

14 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? DISCOVERY INTERNATIONAL AWARD (DIA’s) - DP Not time limited (was 12 month per award over life of the project) but CI’s must reside predominantly in Australia for the duration of the project No funding limit (was $20K per year of the project per CI or PI) For international airfares, reasonable local travel, a living allowance and consumables Is a ‘special condition’ – must be separately and fully justified See pp 31 – 32 of the funding rules

15 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? Discovery Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award (DAATSIA) - IN Awarded for same duration as project Can be requested at one of 5 salary levels Can only request one per round Cannot be awarded teaching relief Is a ‘special condition’ – must be separately and fully justified See pp 44 – 45 of the funding rules

16 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B WHAT CAN’T YOU REQUEST FROM THE ARC? Bench or lab access fees Capital works and infrastructure Costs not directly related to project Student fees, contributions or loans CI or PI salaries See pp 11 of the funding rules

17 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B DEAKIN UNIVERSITY SUPPORT – PHD STIPENDS Project must be suitable for a student i.e. there must be a clear and defined role & an appropriate supervisor Must be written into the proposal As it is legitimate to ask the ARC for a stipend - weigh up whether you are better to request from the ARC or use the DU support as part of the application Cost at $25,849 per annum – must be listed as “in- kind support”

18 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS The ARC provides 5 pages in which to justify your ARC requested budget items – USE THEM! All requests must be strongly justified and substantiated Make sure your justification mirrors the budget table (use the same headings) Make it easy for the reader

19 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS Budgets are closely scrutinised by assessors and College of Expert members Ensure you understand how your budget has been constructed Do NOT simply reiterate your budget table in the justification section – provide a compelling argument to show WHY you need funding

20 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS - TRAVEL Travel costs must be strongly justified Remember the option of listing some travel under field work and/or any Discovery International Award request if legitimate

21 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B COMMON BUDGET ISSUES AND MISTAKES Poorly costed budgets – using estimates rather than costs that can be substantiated Justifications that don’t match the budget table (eg incorrect figures, different years listed) NB: Carefully align your budget justification with your budget table. If you amend your budget, amend your justification sections

22 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B COMMON BUDGET ISSUES AND MISTAKES Incorrect salary rates (use our salary calculator) Inclusion of EB salary increases (indexation) Do include salary increments but NOT EB increases Use salary rates as at time of submission – provided in our salary calculator

23 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B FINAL BUDGET NOTES ALL Requests must directly relate to the program or research and all must be strongly justified Keep budget table descriptions simple - elaborate in the Justification Section Keep descriptions relevant across all years to reduce the need to edit each entry in every year e.g. “ Research fellow level A steps FTE + 28% oncosts Years ”

24 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B TIPS FOR COMPLETING YOUR RMS BUDGET Construct the budget outside of RMS (use excel spreadsheets that we provide) Read the Instructions to Applicants before cutting and pasting the budget in RMS

25 CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B DEAKIN RESEARCH WEBSITE Templates; salary calculators; sample excel budgets, PhD stipend rates, compliance checklist and links to other information is available at support/grants-and-contracts/find-funding/arc- discovery-projects-2016


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