For information on recently announced grant outcomes under the Linkage Projects scheme please visit the following pages:
- Selection Report: Linkage Projects 2023 Round 1
- Announcement Kit: Linkage Projects 2023 Round 1 Announcement
The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.
The Linkage Projects grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.
To facilitate successful collaboration between higher education institutions and other parts of the innovation system, there are two assessment rounds for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2024, and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of the application closing date for each round. Please note that Linkage Projects rounds for 2024 are operating under a new edition of the Grant Guidelines that have been significantly amended and streamlined from those applying to earlier Linkage Projects rounds.
The Linkage Projects scheme objectives are to:
- support internationally competitive research projects and teams on challenges or opportunities of relevance to research end-users;
- foster the establishment and strengthening of research alliances between higher education organisations and research end-users;
- enhance the scale and focus of research, including in Australian Government priority areas.
Applications for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for an application (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
The Linkage Projects scheme provides project funding of $50,000 to $300,000 per year for two to five years.
Key Documents and Information for the Linkage Projects 2024
- Linkage Projects Forecast Opportunity View - 2024
- Documentation available via: Linkage Projects 2024 Current Grant Opportunity View—GO6639
- Important dates for Linkage Projects 2024 grant application process
The Linkage Projects scheme provides feedback comments for eligible unsuccessful applications. There are three feedback comments, graded to assist applicants to identify the relative overall position of their application.
Linkage Projects Standard feedback comment (Unsuccessful)
Applications with a score high enough to be progressed to a meeting, and applications which had a lower score but were progressed to a meeting for discussion.
As a result of assessment scores, Application LPxxxxxxxxx progressed to a selection meeting, however it was not recommended for funding.
Applications which were fast-tracked as low-ranked applications, but which had a score close to progressing to a meeting.
As a result of assessment scores, Application LPxxxxxxxxx was fast-tracked as a low ranked application, did not progress to a selection meeting, and was not recommended for funding. This Application fell just short of the threshold for progressing to a selection meeting at this time.
Applications which were fast-tracked as low-ranked applications.
As a result of assessment scores, Application LPxxxxxxxxx was fast-tracked as a low-ranked application, did not progress to a selection meeting, and was not recommended for funding.