Key dates for ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres 2020

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 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: 10 September 2019
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 6 November 2019
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 6 November 2019
  • Applications close with ARC: 4 December 2019
  • Rejoinder period: 26 February - 12 March 2020
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on the ARC website


The Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training, for end-user focused research industries in the Industrial Transformation Priorities. The scheme provides funding for four or five consecutive years to support a minimum of 10 HDR stipends and 3 postdoctoral salaries in addition to project costs to pursue industrial training, drive growth, productivity and competitiveness by linking to key growth sectors vital to Australia's future.

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 Training Centres (ITTC) scheme. Submission of the EOI form is required for all ITTC applications in which UQ is involved, whether as lead organisation or as a non-lead/participating organisation.

Following the EOI process, UQ lead ITTC 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 ITTC 2020 round.

Additional ARC documents: 


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.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting ITTC 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.