ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority.

Through the ARC Centres of Excellence, significant collaborations occur between universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses in Australia and overseas, all to support outstanding research.

The objectives for the ARC Centres of Excellence 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
  • 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.

Applications for funding of ARC Centres of Excellence are invited periodically. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Funding Rules and Funding Agreements. Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams.

Key Dates for ARC Centres of Excellence 2017

  • Release of Funding Rules: 26 May 2015
  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) application period: 3 June – 22 July 2015
  • Rejoinder: 21 August – 31 August 2015
  • SAC meeting for shortlisting EOIs in Canberra: 23 September – 25 September 2015
  • Notify sector of shortlisted EOIs and invite full applications: 2 October 2015
  • Full Proposal application period: 7 October – 16 December 2015
  • Rejoinder: 4 March – 21 March 2016
  • Interview notification: 15 April 2016
  • Interviews: Week of 16 May 2016
  • Announcement of CE17 outcomes: 8 September 2016


ARC Centres of Excellence Funded Projects 2017

The 2017 funding round for ARC Centres of Excellence has concluded. Applicants submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) which closed on 22 July 2015, with full proposals closing on 16 December. The Minister approved funding for nine Centres to the value of AUD283.5 million over the life of these Centres.

A list of the funded ARC Centres of Excellence funded under this round are below:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions
  • ARC Centre of Excellence of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology