Round Status: Internal EOIs Open

The Industrial Transformation Training Centres is a scheme that will foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia's future. The Centres support research in the Industrial Transformation Priorities, which are identified by the ARC and are updated from round to round.

The ARC’s objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  • foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors; and
  • enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector
  • strengthen the capabilities of industries and other research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

The following are the key round dates for ARC ITRP Training Centres for funding commencing in 2018:

Release of Funding Rules: August 2017 (anticipated)
Proposals Open in RMS: 3 October 2017

Internal (UQR&I) deadline for EOI forms:  29 September 2017

Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 9 November 2017
Full applications (Internal UQR&I deadline): 9 November 2017
Full applications (External ARC deadline): 29 November 2017

Rejoinders: The ARC due date for rejoinders is not yet published. Once known, the UQR&I internal closing date will be one week prior.

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

UQ will use a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EOI) stage to endorse and provide feedback on developing ITTC applications.  The EOI application form is downloadable from UQ Documentation, below, and must be lodged to UQR&I via by the closing date.

Following notification of formal approval under the University's EOI process, UQ applicants will proceed to prepare a full 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.

Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form

For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinator, Richard Kim  (  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:

UQ supporting documentation for Industrial Transformation Training Centres:

UQ IC18 EOI Form
UQ IC18 Sample CV and Statement of Suitability

Details, including room locations for each site are as follows:

Date: 14 September 2017
Time: 3.15pm-4.45pm (please arrive 5-10 minutes early for sign-in)
St Lucia Venue: Centre for Advanced Imaging, Level 2, Seminar Room (#57)

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 ITRP 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.

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