ARC Linkage Projects 2018

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 a different internal deadlines.

  • Contact your College Research Office to advise of your intent to submit an application.
  • Ensure your are informed of internal deadlines and obtain any resources that are available to support you in preparing your application. 
  • Please note: The Research Services Division (RSD) is the single point of contact with the ARC.  If you have any questions contact your College Research Office.

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

  • Applications for Linkage Projects 2018 opened in RMS on 20 December 2017 and close on 20 December 2018.
  • To ensure that you receive any updates from the ARC about this scheme please start a proposal under LP18 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 March 2018.

Partner Organisations

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