ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities


The ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) 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 and/or Partner Organisations to develop and support research infrastructure;
  • support large-scale national or international cooperative initiatives allowing expensive research infrastructure to be shared and/or accessed;
  • support areas of existing and/or emerging research strength; and
  • 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 2020:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Friday 11 January 2019
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 23 January 2019

Expressions of Interest: COB Monday 4 February 2019 - Applicants who intend to apply to the ARC LIEF scheme must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) by 5 pm 4 February 2019, 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.

Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 20 February 2019 - All complete applications and requests not to assess must be submitted internally by this date. Consult your Faculty Research Office for specific submission instructions.
Research Services submission to ARC: Wednesday 20 March 2019
Rejoinder period: 12-26 June 2019
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2019

These are indicative dates from the ARC and are subject to change

Grant Opportunity Information
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy
Application Checklist
Investigator Certifications for LE20
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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