Changes to the Linkage Projects Funding Rules 
for funding commencing in 2017

Note: this list contains the major changes to rules and is not to be taken as exhaustive. Please consult the Funding Rules for schemes under the Linkage Program (2016 edition) or contact your research office for further clarification.

  • Addition of definitions for ‘Active Project’, ‘Candidate’, ‘GrantConnect’, ‘Project Initialisation Date’ and ‘Research Output’ (A3).
  • Addition of provision for reasonable essential extraordinary costs to allow a researcher who is a carer, or who themselves require care or assistance, to undertake travel essential to the Project (A5.2.1(k)).
  • Clarification of cross-scheme Project limits (A7.4) and Eligibility process (A7.5).
  • Revised eligibility for all schemes to be considered in terms of the life of a Project (Active Project), rather than only the funding years set out in the original Funding Agreement (D10.2).
  • For the purposes of eligibility, CIs on Industrial Transformation Research Hubs commencing in 2015 or later, or Industrial Transformation Training Centres commencing in 2016 or later will each count as one Linkage Project (A7.4.3).
  • Addition of Exempt Small Business as a New Partner Organisation exempt from the Cash Contribution requirements (D3.1)
  • Update to the Request Not to Assess process (A9.3).
  • Update to Publication and Dissemination of Research Outputs section to include Research Data (A12.5).
  • Adjustments to the Selection Criteria, including the weightings (D6).