Key dates for ARC SRI: for Australian Society, History and Culture 2020

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 27 February 2020
  • Proposals open in RMS: 28 February 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: NA
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 15 April 2020
  • Full applications due to UQ R&I: 15 April 2020
  • Full applications close with ARC: 6 May 2020
  • Rejoinders: 16 June – 29 June 2020
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on the ARC website


The Australian Research Council (ARC) will fund a new research initiative, for Australian Society, History and Culture, through the ARC’s Special Research Initiatives (SRI) scheme. The scheme provides between $20,000 and $100,000 per year for up to three years to support excellent research into Australian society, history and culture, and build Australian research capacity in this area by supporting researchers of the highest international standing, as well as foster high quality postdoctoral reseachers.  

How to apply

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 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 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 SRI 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.