Key dates for ARC Centres of Excellence 2023

  • Internal (UQ) Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 4 August 2020
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process Stage 1 closes: 23 November 2020 (UQ lead bids)
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process Stage 2 closes: 8 February 2021 (non-lead bids)
  • ARC information session for UQ teams: 11 June 2021
  • Release of Funding Rules: 1 June 2021
  • ARC EOIs open in Research Management System (RMS): 1 June 2021
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I): 30 June 2021
  • ARC EOIs due to UQ R&I: 28 June 2021
  • ARC EOIs close with ARC: 21 July 2021
  • EOI Rejoinder period: 23 September - 7 October 2021
  • EOI Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 30 September 2021
  • Full applications open in RMS: 15 December 2021
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 23 February 2022
  • Full applications close with ARC: 23 March 2022
  • Rejoinder period: 25 May - 9 June 2022
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 2 June 2022
  • Interview notification: TBA
  • Interviews: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2022


The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme aims to fund highly innovative and potentially transformational research 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.

How to apply

Internal Expression of Interest process

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 2023 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. RMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key ARC and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQ R&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required). 

Additional ARC documents

UQ Templates and Forms

Rejoinders and rebuttal

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.

UQ R&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 UQ R&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section.