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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO1281

ARC Centres of Excellence commencing 2020

Australian Research Council
Close Date & Time:
4-Jul-2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Primary Category:
381001 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research
Secondary Category:
381002 - Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Research
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Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive

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The objectives of the ARC Centres of Excellence grant opportunity 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 longer periods of time; and
  • establish Centres that have an impact on the wider community through interaction with, and beneficial outcomes for, higher education institutions, governments, industry and the private and non-profit sectors. 

EOI and full Applications will only be accepted from the Eligible Organisations listed within the Grant Guidelines. EOI and full applications must each include at least one Other Eligible Organisation and at least one other Partner Organisation.

EOI and full applications must include the following named participants:

  • Centre Director, who is an eligible Chief Investigator (CI) from the Administering Organisation and is the first individual nominated as a CI on Your application; and
  • at least one other CI.

EOI application must have been shortlisted by the ARC to be eligible to submit a full application in the second stage of the application process.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Funding may be sought for up to seven years.

Instructions for Application Submission:

The Proposal must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed Project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.

Applicants should note the eligibility criteria for access to other funding schemes, as expressed in the Grant Guidelines for those schemes. The ARC reserves the right to change these criteria in future funding rounds. Grant Guidelines for all ARC schemes may be found on the ARC website.

Administering Organisations must submit Proposals through RMS unless otherwise advised by the ARC.

All Proposals must meet the format and content requirements, including certification, as set out in the RMS online form and the relevant scheme Instructions to Applicants. 

Other Instructions:

The Research Management System (RMS) is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research proposals, assessments and rejoinders for the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

Registered users can login using your email address and password at To request a new account, go to and click on the Request New Account link.

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