Round Status: Internal EOIs Open

The ARC Centres of Excellence scheme aims to fund highly innovative and transformational research potentially leading to international standing and a significant advancement of capabilities and knowledge. The Centres will link existing Australian research strengths and build critical mass with new capacity for interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to address the most challenging and significant research problems. Moreover, the Centres of Excellence will build Australia’s human capacity in a range of research areas by attracting and retaining, from within Australia and abroad, researchers of high international standing as well as the most promising research students.

The following are the key round dates for ARC Centres of Excellence for funding commencing in 2020:

Internal (UQ) EOI process opens: 2 August 2017
Internal (UQ) EOI process closes: 2 October 2017 (UQ lead bids)
Internal (UQ) EOI process closes: January 2018 (non-lead bids)

Release of Funding Rules: May 2018

ARC EOI Proposals Open in RMS: 14 May 2018
ARC EOI (Internal UQR&I deadline): 4 June 2018
ARC EOI (External ARC deadline): 20 June 2018

Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 4 June 2018

EOI Rejoinders Open: TBA
EOI Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): TBA

Full applications open in RMS: 19 September 2018
Full applications (Internal UQR&I deadline): 1 November 2018
Full applications (External ARC deadline): 28 November 2018

Rejoinders Open: TBA
Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): TBA

Interview Notification: TBA
Interviews: May 2019

You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.

As per previous rounds, UQ will use a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process to determine its applicant field and to ensure that the University’s proposals are closely aligned with the requirements of the CoE scheme. Submission of the EOI form is required for all 2020 ARC CoE applications in which UQ is involved, whether as lead organisation or as a non-lead/participating organisation.

Following notification of formal approval under the University’s EOI process, UQ applicants will proceed to prepare an ARC proposal, as follows:

  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • E-mail your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please e-mail your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
    • Also provide completed ARC/UQ Certification Proformas and where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.


For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinators (Nicole Thompson and Richard Kim).  Requests for access to past successful proposals and enquiries on bid development costs may also be directed to UQR&I. If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the funding round specific mailing list.

Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at: rms@research.uq.edu.au

UQ supporting documentation for ARC Centres of Excellence:

UQ_CE 2020_EOI Form
UQ_CE 2020_Sample CV and Statement of Suitability

  • UQ lead teams may contact centresgrants@research.uq.edu.au to access other supporting documents including round outcomes and bid composition statistics and supporting ARC materials from the prior round.  
Please ensure that you are familiar with all relevant scheme information from the ARC CoE website, noting that the 2020 Funding Rules, Instructions to Applicants and supporting documents will become availabie in May 2018 (anticipated).

Details of the ARC Centres of Excellence Information Session are as follows:

Date: 14 September 2017
Time: 3.15pm-4.45pm (please arrive 5-10 mins early for sign-in)
Venue: Centre for Advanced Imaging, Level 2 Seminar Room

For a copy of the presentation, please access our Workshop Presentations page.

The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC, and Applicants may be given the opportunity to submit a Rejoinder.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting Centres of Excellence rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars.

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section above.