Key dates for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 2021

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 27 September 2019
  • Internal (UQ) Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 22 June 2020
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process closes: 14 August 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: 21 July 2020
  • Proposals open in RMS: 10 September 2020
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 21 October 2020
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 28 October 2020
  • Applications close with ARC: 18 November 2020
  • Rejoinder period: 5-18 February 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 15 February 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Third quarter 2021


The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engages Australia’s best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and in training the future workforce.

The scheme provides between $500,000 and $1 million per year for 3 to 5 years, to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which supports the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

How to apply

UQ will again convene the Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) Strategy Panel to provide strategic feedback to UQ bid teams. As such, the University will use a light touch EOI process to ensure that the University’s proposals are closely aligned with the requirements of the Industrial Transformation Research Hub (ITRH) scheme.

Submission of the EOI form is required for all ITRH applications in which UQ is involved, whether as lead organisation or as a non-lead/participating organisation.

Following the EOI process, UQ lead ITRH teams prepare a full 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 Australian Research Council (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 validated, generate a whole-of-application PDF for your records, and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed IH 2021 Funding Application 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


The full suite of documents will be made available on GrantConnect on opening of the ITRH 2021 round.

Additional ARC documents

UQ documents

Templates for RMS application

Additional Resources

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the ARC assessment and rejoinder process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.

UQ R&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting ITRH 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.