The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations.  

The scheme enables higher education researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.

The scheme also fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international or national research facilities. 

Under the scheme, applicants may seek funding for:

  • infrastructure, equipment and facility purchases, construction and installation
  • salaries directly associated with creating and installing infrastructure, equipment or facilities
  • consortium membership costs, in the case of Australia's participation in the use of significant international-scale or national research facilities
  • specialised computing/data facilities and software
  • compilations, catalogues, clearing houses or bibliographies.


The objectives of the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme are to:

  • encourage Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations and/or Partner Organisations to develop and support research infrastructure;
  • support large-scale national or international cooperative initiatives allowing expensive research infrastructure to be shared and/or accessed;
  • support areas of existing and/or emerging research strength; and
  • support and develop research infrastructure for the broader research community.

Applications for funding under the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme are processed once a year.  

Key Dates for Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2019

  • Release of Funding Rules: 1 September 2017  
  • Proposals Open: 22 January 2018
  • Request Not to Assess Close: 14 March 2018
  • Proposals Close: 28 March 2018
  • Rejoinders: 14 June 2018 to 28 June 2018
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth Quarter 2018

*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.