ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities


The ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations.

The scheme enables higher education researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.

The scheme also fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international or national research facilities.

The scheme's objectives are to:

  • encourage Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations, higher education institutions and/or their Partner Organisations to develop and support research infrastructure
  • support large-scale national or international cooperative initiatives thereby allowing expensive research infrastructure to be shared and/or accessed
  • support areas of existing and/or emerging research strength
  • support and develop research infrastructure for the broader research community

The minimum level of funding provided by the ARC under LIEF is $150,000 per year. The maximum level of funding provided by the ARC for a project under LIEF is up to 75% of the total direct cost of the eligible budget items.

A project may be applied for and awarded funding for one year, or, in the case of construction of research infrastructure, or subscription or coordinated access to international facilities and major national facilities, up to five years.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

For funding commencing in 2019:

Funding Rules Released: Friday 1 September 2017

Expressions of Interest: COB Monday 29 January 2018 - Applicants who intend to apply to the ARC LIEF scheme must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) by 5 pm 29 January 2018, via email to The University will not consider cash contributions for any application for which an EoI has not been received by the closing date. An EoI is required whether or not the application seeks Central funding, and is also required if you intend to participate in a LIEF application being submitted through another institution.

ARC opening date in RMS: Monday 22 January 2018
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Request Not To Assess forms due at Research Services: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Request Not To Assess forms due at ARC: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Research Services Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 14 March 2018
ARC Closing Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018
Rejoinders open in RMS: Thursday 14 June 2018
Rejoinder strategic review deadline: Thursday 21 June 2018
Rejoinder compliance check deadline: 9 am Wednesday 27 June 2018
ARC rejoinder deadline: 5 pm Thursday 28 June 2018
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2018

ResourcesFunding Rules
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy
Application Checklist
Investigator Certifications for LE19
Successful Grants Library 
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance 
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 
ContactsJulian Zipparo
Manager, Pre Award
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 8609
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