ARC Centres of Excellence

ARC Centres of Excellence

Status Closed
Aim The objectives of the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme are to:

  • undertake highly innovative and potentially transformational research that aims to achieve international standing in the fields of research envisaged and leads to a significant advancement of capabilities and knowledge;
  • link existing Australian research strengths and build critical mass with new capacity for interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to address the most challenging and significant research problems;
  • develop relationships and build new networks with major national and international centres and research programs to help strengthen research, achieve global competitiveness and gain recognition for Australian research;
  • build Australia's human capacity in a range of research areas by attracting and retaining, from within Australia and abroad, researchers of high international standing as well as the most promising research students;
  • provide high-quality postgraduate and postdoctoral training environments for the next generation of researchers;
  • offer Australian researchers opportunities to work on large-scale problems over long periods of time; and
  • establish Centres that have an impact on the wider community through interaction with higher education institutes, governments, industry and the private and non-profit sector

Minimum ARC funding is $1 million per calendar year. Maximum ARC funding is $5 million per calendar year. Participants must obtain commitments for additional financial contributions from a variety of sources, including the Administering Organisation, Other Eligible Organisation(s), and Partner Organisation(s). Such financial contributions may be in the form of cash and/or in-kind.

The scheme supports eligible direct costs only, including personnel, equipment, maintenance and consumables, access to workshop services, domestic and international travel.

The scheme does not provide funding for a number of items, including medical and dental research, Centre Director, Chief Investigator or Partner Investigator salaries, capital works and general infrastructure costs, research support for Partner Investigators except for short-term projects for overseas visitors and travel associated with the project, student fees, teaching relief, or consultancies.

Funding for approved Centres will commence on 1 January 2017, and may be funded for a period of up to seven years subject to conditions outlined in the Funding Rules

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar 

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

MGSM Research Office
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

Key Dates

Funding Rules Released: Tuesday 26 May 2015
EOIs open in RMS: Wednesday 3 June 2015
Internal Request Not To Assess deadline: Monday 6 July 2015
ARC Request Not To Assess deadline: Wednesday 8 July 2015
Internal Final Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 15 July 2015
ARC EOI closing date: Wednesday 22 July 2015, 5pm
EOI outcomes announced: Friday 2 October 2015
ARC Full Proposal closing date: Wednesday 16 December 2015, 5pm

Resources Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Forms
Request Not to Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy | v2014.3 | FAQs | Eligibility Examples
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly known as MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 
Application Checklist
Contacts Ms Belle Chinchen
Acting Research Proposals Leader
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4877
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