Round Status: Closed

The ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international and national research facilities. Researchers are able to participate in cooperative initiatives, sharing expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities between eligible organisations, and also with industry.

The ARC’s objectives of the scheme are to:

  • encourage organisations to cultivate collaborative arrangements among themselves, across the higher education sector and with organisations outside the sector, in order to develop and support research infrastructure
  • support large-scale cooperative initiatives involving two or more institutions, thereby allowing expensive facilities to be shared and/or accessed
  • support areas of existing research strength, and/or
  • support and develop research infrastrucure for the broader community.
The following are the key round dates for the ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities for funding commencing in 2018:
Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
Proposals open in RMS: 8 February 2017
UQ Expressions of Interest (EoI) open: 11 January 2017
UQ Expressions of Interest (EoI) internal deadline: 1 February 2017
Requests not to assess (internal UQR&I deadline): 15 March 2017
Full applications (internal UQR&I deadline): 15 March 2017
Full applications (external ARC deadline): 5 April 2017
Rejoinders Open: 14 June 2017
Rejoinders (Internal UQR&I deadline): 21 June 2017
Rejoinders (External ARC deadline): 28 June 2017
You may review the ARC Important Dates page for indicative information regarding this and other forthcoming rounds.

As per previous rounds, UQ will are using a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EoI)/Funding Contribution Proforma stage to determine its commitments to developing LIEF bids. This includes both UQ lead applications and UQ supporting partner proposals (where the application is led by another administering organisation). The Expression of Interest Funding Proforma is provided as part of the UQ Documentation, below, and must be lodged through your Faculty/Institute to UQR&I by the closing date, Wednesday 1 February 2017.

As part of the State of Queensland LIEF Strategy, greater synchronisation of EoI closing dates is being achieved, alongside a stronger team-Queensland approach, including key information being available from the EoI for data exchange between Queensland universities.

Following notification of formal approval under the University’s EoI process, UQ applicants will proceed to prepare a full proposal, as follows:

  • Step 1: Join the UQR&I Mailer. Official announcements and UQR&I updates regarding the scheme will be sent via the Mailer.
  • Step 2: Familiarise yourself with the key UQ and ARC documentation (see below).
  • Step 3: Familiarise yourself with your Faculty/Institute specific grant peer review process.
  • Step 4: Obtain Access to the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS). Start early if any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password.
  • Step 5: Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’.
  • Step 6: Complete the application in RMS.
  • Step 7: Lodge the application to UQR&I for Internal Review
    • Ensure all online components are complete/valid (shown by green ‘validated’ colouring of each Part).
    • Generate a whole Proposal PDF. This icon is found near the top of the Proposal page
    • Select ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS to e-submit the application.
    • E-mail your completed UQ Funding Application Coversheet to UQR&I. This is needed to initiate internal review of your application.
    • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, please e-mail your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
    • Also provide completed ARC/UQ Certification Proformas and where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Step 8: Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/strategy).
  • Step 9: Final Submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

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, Nicole Thompson and Meaghan Douglas (

Technical RMS queries may be directed to the UQR&I RMS helpdesk at:

UQ supporting documentation for ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for funding in 2018:

UQ_LE18_Application Coversheet
UQ_LE18_Certification Proforma
UQ_LE18_Expression of Interest Form

Details of the UQR&I scheme information sessions are as follows:

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Venue: TBA

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


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

UQR&I works closely with individual applicants in submitting LIEF 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 is shown under our Key Dates section above.
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