Key dates for ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres 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 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 4 or 5 consecutive years to support HDR stipends and 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. 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 IC 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 ITTC 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 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 UQ R&I internal deadline for rejoinders is shown in the Key Dates section.