Key dates for ARC Centres of Excellence 2020

  • Internal (UQ) Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 2 August 2017
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process Stage 1 closes: 2 October 2017 (UQ lead bids)
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process Stage 2 closes: 19 February 2018 (non-lead bids)
  • ARC information session for UQ teams: 14 September 2017
  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 May 2018
  • ARC EOIs open in Research Management System (RMS): 25 May 2018
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I): 18 June 2018
  • ARC EOIs due to UQR&I: 18 June 2018
  • ARC EOIs close with ARC: 4 July 2018
  • EOI Rejoinder period: 28 August - 6 September 2018
  • EOI Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 3 September 2018
  • Full applications open in RMS: 12 October 2018
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 10 December 2018
  • Full applications close with ARC: 19 December 2018
  • Rejoinder period: March - April 2019
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Interview notification: TBA
  • Interviews: May 2019
  • Anticipated announcement: Third Quarter 2019


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 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. 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. UQR&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 documents


Additional resources

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.

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