ARC Linkage Projects

Funded by: Australian Research Council

Key information

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. Research and development is undertaken 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, Linkage Projects proposals can be submitted at any time and funding outcomes are announced within six months of proposal submission.

The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research and development (R&D) projects which: 

  • are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system
  • are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and
  • involve risk or innovation.

Proposals 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 a Proposal (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 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. 

Getting started

1.  Each College deals with a different volume of applications, offers different services and has different internal deadlines.

  • Contact your College Research Office (CRO) to advise of your intent to submit an application.
  • Ensure you are informed of internal deadlines and obtain any resources that are available to support you in preparing your application. 
  • Please note: While Research Services Division (RSD) is the primary point of contact with the ARC, CROs are now responsible for submitting Request Not to Assess forms directly to the ARC. If you have any questions contact your College Research Office.

2.  Start your proposal in ARC's Research Management System (RMS).

  • The Linkage Projects scheme opened for continuous submission and assessment of applications on 1 July 2016—a measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda on 7 December 2015. The continuous submission and assessment process means that applications are rigorously assessed as soon as they are submitted in the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS) and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of application submission.
  • To ensure that you receive any updates from the ARC about this scheme please start a proposal under LP19 in RMS.
  • Please note that you must enter the ANU as the Administering Organisation in section A1 of the application. If you do not have an RMS account please request a new account.


For Research Administrators


Updated July 2019

Partner Organisations

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