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 Grant Guidelines and Grant Agreements. Grants from the ARC are made to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams.


All accountable authorities and officials must use GrantConnect to publish all Grant Opportunities, all Grant Opportunity Guidelines and all addenda/alterations.

The ARC will no longer publish Grant Opportunity Guidelines (formerly known as Funding Rules) on our website.

The Grant Guidelines for ARC Centres of Excellence 2020 are now available on GrantConnect.

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to sign in or create a User Registration account  in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Grant Opportunities.

For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website

Key Dates for ARC Centres of Excellence 2020

  • Release of Grant Guidelines: 22 May 2018
  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) application period: 25 May 2018 to 4 July 2018 
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 20 June 2018 
  • Full Proposal application period: October 2018 to December 2018*
  • Announcement of Centres of Excellence 2020 outcomes: Mid 2019

*Please note that these are approximate dates and are subject to change.

Note: The closing time for all Requests Not to Assess, Proposals Close and Rejoinders is 5.00pm Canberra time on the dates provided.