ARC Centres of Excellence

ARC Centres of Excellence

Aim The objectives of the ARC Centres of Excellence (COE) 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 2020, 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 Services 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, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human 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

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team by the MQ submission date.
  • View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.

Major Initiatives Notification of Intent (NOI)

Applicants should notify the University of their intent to apply for major initiatives through the NOI form. The ARC COE is a major initiative and the NOI form applies to this scheme. The NOI form allows intending applicants to request resource support in the development of their bid. Note: The NOI allows only for resource requests for application development. For resourcing support to be included as a Macquarie University contribution in the COE grant application, please use the DVCR Co-Funding application form.

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change

EOI Stage
Funding Guidelines Released: Tuesday 22 May 2018
EOIs open in RMS: Friday 25 May 2018
Internal Request Not To Assess deadline: 5 pm Wednesday 13 June 2018
ARC Request Not To Assess deadline: 5 pm Wednesday 20 June 2018
Internal EOI Compliance Check deadline: 5 pm Wednesday 20 June 2018
ARC EOI closing date: 5 pm Wednesday 4 July 2018
Rejoinder period: 28 August 2018 - 6 September 2018
EOI outcomes announced: Thursday 11 October 2018

Full Proposal Stage
Full Proposals open in RMS: Friday 12 October 2018
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Internal Full Compliance Check Deadline: Wednesday 5 December 2018
ARC Full Proposal closing date: Wednesday 19 December 2018
Rejoinder period: 22 March 2019 - 3 April 2019
Interviews: 28 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Announcement of Centres of Excellence 2020 outcomes: Third Quarter 2019


Grant Opportunity Information
Grant Opportunity Documents (e.g. Grant Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required)
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Successful Grants Library
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 21 Jul 2020 10:51am

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