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ARC Linkage Projects Resources - LP18 'continuous' submission

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Funder: Australian Research Council (ARC)

Key eligibility information:

For all eligibility considerations, including CI/PI/PO eligibility, cross-scheme eligibility and limits on the number of applications and grants, please refer to the ARC Linkage Projects Funding Rules or email your RIS contact (details below).


The objectives of the Linkage Projects scheme are to:

  1. support the initiation and/or development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and other organisations, including industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems and/or to provide opportunities to obtain national economic, commercial, social or cultural benefits

  2. provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector, targeting those who have demonstrated a clear commitment to high-quality research

  3. encourage growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system

  4. build the scale and focus of research in the national Science and Research Priorities.


Linkage Project Grants are funded between two and five consecutive years.
Linkage Projects funding level is between $50,000 to $300,000 per annum.

Key Dates: The ARC has introduced a process of Continuous Submission and Assessment for its Linkage Projects scheme. This means that the 'external due date' is effectively set by the applicant, taking into account the quality/competitiveness of the proposal and its compliance with the scheme Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants.

If you will be unable to submit your application to RIS for internal review by 26 November and then to the ARC by 20 December, please contact your Divisional Grant Developer and/or RIS Application Support contact.

Applications for LP18 Open (in RMS): 20 December 2017

(Updated) Instructions to Applicants and FAQ available on ARC website

Application Development including Review: Please contact your Divisional Grant Developer for grant development advice and timelines.

Please contact your RIS Application Support Officer for preliminary advice on matters related to compliance, eligibility, RMS accounts etc.

'Internal' Deadline and Divisional Approval: Minimum three weeks before the proposed submission date
  • Last 'internal deadline': Monday 26 November 2018.
  • Complete, near final draft proposal in RMS. Must include all parts, including final PO letters of support, budget and budget justifications.
  • Submission of your complete proposal to RIS for compliance review will effectively set the earliest date for submission to the ARC.

Important Note: Linkage Project applications submitted for internal review during the major grant submission period (Jan-Apr) may have longer turnaround times. Please allow at least three weeks during these peak times.

Request Not to Assess: At the time of application submission

Request not to assess form to be submitted to ARC through UniSA Research Office; please discuss with RIS Application Support contact.

External Deadline: Any time up to Wednesday 19 December 2018

Completed and signed certification forms must be provided for all CIs, PIs and POs before the proposal will be submitted to the ARC.

Note: RIS will not accept proposals for submission in 2018 after 26 November.

Approx 4 months after your submission to ARC.
You will be notified 2 weeks in advance to your rejoinder opening in RMS

of awardees:
Approx 6 months after your submission to ARC.

Scheme Specific Resources:
UniSA Specific Resources:
LP18 Templates:
Key Contacts:
RIS Application Support Team:
Division Grant Developers/Research Coordinators:
Last Updated: 9 January 2018