For information on recently announced grant outcomes under the Linkage Projects scheme please visit the following pages:
- Selection Report: Linkage Projects 2021 Round 1
- Announcement Kit: Linkage Projects 2021 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 three assessment rounds for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2021, and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of the application closing date for each round.
The Linkage Projects scheme objectives are to:
- support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems;
- provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector; and
- enhance the scale and focus of research 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.
Project funding may be used for:
- personnel, for example, research associates or assistants and technicians and stipends for higher degree by research students;
- teaching relief;
- access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services;
- essential field research;
- expert third party services;
- equipment and consumables;
- publication and dissemination of outputs and outreach;
- specialised computer equipment and software;
- travel costs essential to the project;
- web hosting and development;
- workshops, focus groups and conferences; and
- essential support costs for researchers who are carers or who themselves require care.
Continuous submission and assessment process
The Linkage Projects scheme opened for continuous submission of applications on 1 July 2016. This was a measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda on 7 December 2015.
The continuous submission process means that applications are rigorously assessed following three submission deadlines in the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS) and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of application submission.
Outcomes for projects funded under this process are announced periodically, with details available on the RMS Funding Announcements page.
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant Grant Guidelines and Grant Agreements. The ARC awards grants to organisations, not individual researchers or research teams. The Grant Guidelines contain the list of Eligible Organisations. The Linkage Projects ‘Instructions to Applicants’ also contain information about the continuous submission and assessment of applications and should be read and understood before submitting applications.
Key Documents and Information for the Linkage Projects 2022
- Linkage Projects 2022 Grant Guidelines – LP2022
- Documentation available via: Linkage Projects 2022 Current Grant Opportunity View—GO5578
- Important dates for Linkage Projects 2022 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.