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 Documents and Information for ARC Centres of Excellence 2020

 

Outcomes for ARC Centres of Excellence scheme rounds

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 Centres of Excellence Funded Projects 2014

The 2014 funding round for ARC Centres of Excellence has concluded. Applicants submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) which closed on 8 May 2013, with full proposals closing on 8 August 2013. The Minister approved funding for 12 Centres to the value of AUD 285 million over the life of these Centres.

For information on the funded ARC Centres of Excellence click on a link below:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis

ARC Centres of Excellence Funded Projects 2011

The 2011 funding round for ARC Centres of Excellence has concluded. Applicants submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) which closed on 25 November 2009 and submission of full proposals closed on 19 April 2010. The Minister approved funding for 13 Centres to the value of AUD 255.9 million over the life of these Centres.

For information on the funded ARC Centres of Excellence click on a link below:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid System
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Tera-Scale
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Wall Biology
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems