Round Status: OPEN

The ARC Linkage Projects (LP) scheme supports research and development which is collaborative between higher education researchers and partner organisations including industry, to further national innovation and acquisition of new knowledge. From 1 July 2016, the ARC Linkage Projects round has been open for continuous submission of applications. UQ is supporting the continuous round via a hybrid model of major intake dates and continuous processing, to support pipelines of high quality Linkage Projects applications.
The ARC’s objectives of the Linkage Projects scheme are to:

  • 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
  • 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
  • encourage growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system
  • build the scale and focus of research in the national Science and Research Priorities.

The following are key dates for the 2017 ARC Linkage Projects continuous round:

Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals Open in RMS: 23 December 2016
Proposals Close in RMS: 19 December 2017

UQ intake 1
Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 29 March 2017
Full applications (internal UQR&I close): 29 March 2017
Full applications (external ARC submission): 13 April 2017

UQ intake 2
Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 26 July 2017
Full applications (internal UQR&I close): 26 July 2017
Full applications (external ARC submission): 11 August 2017

UQ intake 3
Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 27 September 2017
Full applications (internal UQR&I close): 27 September 2017
Full applications (external ARC submission): 16 October 2017

UQ intake 4
Requests not to assess (Internal UQR&I deadline): 4 December 2017
Full applications (internal UQR&I close): 4 December 2017
Full applications (external ARC submission): 19 December 2017 (this is the final date LP17 applications can be submitted to the ARC)

UQ continuous intake
UQR&I will also support proposals submitted at other times via continuous application processing, with a two and a half week processing turnaround.

Requests not to assess
If a Request not to Assess is being submitted, please submit the form to UQR&I with the draft proposal and Funding Application Coversheet.

Rejoinders: Applicants will receive advice of their rejoinder due date when their proposal rejoinder becomes available in RMS.
You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.

Updates on the continuous ARC Linkage Projects round:

The call for applications under the continuous ARC Linkage Projects round opened on 1 July 2016, with the LP17 round opening on 23 December 2016. The continuous Linkage Projects round allows for applications to be submitted to the ARC at any time of the year, supporting increased engagement with industry partners.

In order to support the development of high quality Linkage applications in a flexible submission model, UQR&I will have three major internal intake dates for LP submissions. There will be a 2½ week processing turn-around in these intakes for submission to the ARC.

UQR&I will also support proposals submitted at other times via continuous application processing, with a 2½ week processing turn-around. In other words, UQ will adopt a hybrid processing model.

Funding Rules, Instructions to Applicants and other ARC documentation for 2017 applications have been published on the ARC website. Please note that C4 is a new question requiring applicants to list each objective of the proposed project. This information will be used for future reporting purposes if the Proposal is funded.

UQR&I will be coordinating a series of workshops and information sessions to assist the UQ research community in in preparing and submitting Linkage Projects applications under the continuous round model.
  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailing List. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailing List.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS 2.0). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 4: Update your full profile in RMS ‘My Details’.
  • Step 5: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 6: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid, then ‘step-through’ each and save.
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF. This is found near the top of the ‘Draft Proposal Summary Page’. An e-mail is sent to you by RMS once the PDF is available.
    • Select ‘Submit Proposal to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • Lodge your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • Also provide completed ARC/UQ Certification Proformas and where relevant, Requests Not to Assess.
  • Step 7: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 8: Final submission.
Applicants may request access to previously successful funding applications using the UQR&I Grants Library Access Form.
For further information on the scheme please contact the UQR&I Round Coordinators at If you are applying to the scheme through UQ, but are not currently a UQ staff member, please send an email to the Round Coordinator and request to be added to the funding round specific mailing list.

Details of the 2017 Continuous ARC Linkage Projects round (Intake 1) UQR&I Information Session are as follows:

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: TBA
  • St Lucia Venue: TBA
  • Gatton Venue (live stream): TBA
  • Herston Venue (live stream): TBA

For a copy of the presentation, please access our Workshop Presentations page.

The assessment comments provided by external assessors may be made available to Applicants by the ARC, and Applicants may be given the opportunity to submit a Rejoinder.

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting LP rejoinders and for this reason does not provide institution-wide workshops or seminars.

Detailed information on the rejoinder process (including instructions for accessing assessment reports and submitting rejoinders) is available from the ARC website. The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders will be communicated to individual applicant teams throughout the continuous round. The ARC has indicated that rejoinders will be approximately 8 weeks after submission of the application to the ARC, but may be subject to change.