For me to apply for an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA grant in the next round, I will need to include an application for an Eligibility Exemption. The last round DECRA rules are below, and presumably next year's rules will be the same but +1 to each year.
D7.4.4 The ARC may grant an Eligibility Exemption for the DECRA Candidate who has been awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2006, together with periods of significant career interruption (between the PhD award date and the closing time of submission of Proposals) which if taken into account would be commensurate with a PhD being awarded on or after 1 March 2010. Career interruptions of less than one month will not be considered. The following types of interruption will be considered:
- carer's responsibility;
- disruption due to international relocation for post-doctoral studies or other research employment not exceeding three months per international relocation;
- maternity or parental leave;
- unemployment and/or
- non-research employment not concurrent with research employment.
I was unemployed for 2014 for personal reasons I'd prefer not to go into on a grant application. This means I will be eligible if any only if the eligibility exception is accepted. I'm wondering if just asserting unemployment is acceptable, or do I somehow need to demonstrate it in some way?
Question: How would I demonstrate unemployment for an ARC DECRA eligibility exemption? Do I need to explain my personal reasons for being unemployed?
If possible, I'd like to hear from others who have applied for this particular exemption.
(And, if you happen to know the answer to a related question: Do I have to write the whole DECRA grant application before knowing whether or not I'm even eligible?)