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, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human 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

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Key Dates

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding - for general reference

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of applications. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme to support their external funding applications. To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the deadline.

For funding commencing in 2022:

Release of ARC Grant Guidelines: Wednesday 20 November 2019
ARC opening date in RMS: Wednesday 27 January 2021
Macquarie University EOI due date: Wednesday 3 February 2021 - to be eligible for DVCR Co-Funding to support the LIEF application, researchers must meet this deadline
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 3 March 2021 - 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 31 March 2021
Rejoinder period: Wednesday 7 July 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2021

For funding commencing in 2021:

Rejoinder period: Wednesday 29 July 2020 to Wednesday 12 August 2020
Outcomes expected: Fourth Quarter 2020

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

Grant Opportunity Information for Funding in 2021
Grant Opportunity Documents for Funding in 2021 (e.g. Instructions to Applicants; GrantConnect login required) 
RMS Information
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policy
MQ ERA 2018 Outcomes
MQ Engagement and Impact 2018 Outcomes
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps 
Application Checklist
Certifications for LE21
Successful Grants Library 
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance 
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 09 Jul 2020 9:28am

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