The objectives of the 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, enhance the scale and focus of research in the Science and Research Priorities.
The J. G. Russell Award is aimed at financially helping talented younger researchers in the basic sciences as a token of the community’s regard for them. It recognises the costs involved in experimental research, and can be used towards the costs of equipment, maintenance, and travel.
Nominations are not sought for this award. Awardees are chosen from the recipients of the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards. The Australian Academy of Science organises this award.
These awards are valued at $6,000 each and are supported by the generosity of the late Miss J Russell.The J. G. Russell Award is given to only the top 4 DECRA recipients across all research fields. Brett Hallam, Green Talent in 2016, was one of them and is studying the process by which defects in cheap silicon solar cells can be ironed out with hydrogen.
Here you can find more information about the J. G. Russell Award.