Key dates for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs 2020

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 27 September 2019
  • Internal (UQ) Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 2 July 2019
  • Internal (UQ) EOI process closes: 23 August 2019
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: NA
  • Proposals open in RMS: 4 October 2019
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 13 November 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 13 November 2019
  • Applications close with ARC: 11 December 2019
  • Rejoinder period: 26 February - 12 March 2020
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Second quarter 2020


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 three to five 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. 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 UQR&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&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 2020 round.

Additional ARC documents: 

UQ documents

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.

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