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ARC Centres of Excellence

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

ARC Centres of Excellence involve significant collaboration which allows the complementary research resources of universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses to be concentrated 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.

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.

ARC Centres of Excellence for funding in 2017 key dates

CE17 Funding Rules released

26 May 2015

Expressions of Interest (EOI) application period

3 June – 22 July 2015


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


3 March – 17 March 2016

Interview notification

15 April 2016


Week of 16 May 2016

Announcement of CE17 outcomes

Early July 2016

*Please note these dates are indicative and may be subject to change.

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