ARC Linkage Projects

ARC Linkage Projects

Status Open (Continuous)

The ARC 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.

The objectives of the 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.

The minimum level of funding provided by the ARC under Linkage Projects is $50,000 per year of funding and the maximum is $300,000 per year of funding per Project, for each year of the Project.  A Project may be applied for and awarded funding for a minimum of two to a maximum of five consecutive years.

Partner Organisations (combined) are expected to provide funding, cash and in-kind, to at least match the amount requested from the ARC. The combined Partner Organisation cash contribution must be at least 25% of the ARC request. Some exemptions apply.

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 applied for in 2018:

ARC Key Dates

ARC Funding Rules released: Friday 1 September 2017
Proposals Open: Wednesday 20 December 2017
Proposals Close: Thursday 20 December 2018
Rejoinders: There is no fixed time for rejoinders. Research Services will be notified two weeks in advance of the rejoinder opening for a proposal and applicants will have approximately one week to complete the rejoinder after opening.
Announcement: Approximately six months from the proposal submission date. This is an approximate timeframe and is subject to change by the ARC.

Macquarie Internal Dates

2018 Round 1
Faculties closing date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Research Services closing date: Thursday 10 May 2018
Submission to ARC: Thursday 17 May 2018

2018 Round 2
Faculties closing date: Thursday 2 August 2018
Research Services closing date: Thursday 16 August 2018
Submission to ARC: Thursday 23 August 2018

2018 Round 3
Faculties closing date: Thursday 1 November 2018
Research Services closing date: Thursday 15 November 2018
Submission to ARC: Thursday 22 November 2018

Applications will be accepted outside of these dates, please inform your Faculty Research Office and the Pre Award team of your intention to apply.


Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants & FAQs
RMS Information
Sample Application Form
Request Not To Assess
ARC Medical Research Policyv2017.1

Linkage Projects Essentials for Partners Information Sheet
Linkage Projects Partner Organisation Project Brief Template
MQ LP18 Advice Toolkit - v1
MQ LP18 Budget Calculator
MQ LP18 Partner Organisation Letter of Support and Certification Template
Summary of MQ ERA 2015 Outcomes
Guide to Determining Journal Impact Factor, Quartile and Publication Percentile
MQ Salary Rates (Academic, Professional, PhD Scholarships)
MQ Guide to Appropriate Salary Levels and Steps
ATO Allowances (Per Diems)
Pure Research Management System
Open Access and Funding Compliance
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
Advice on Writing your Rejoinder

2018 Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Scheme
Request an MQRES allocation

Certifications for 2018 Linkage Projects

Workshop: Developing a Competitive ARC Linkage Project Proposal
Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)
22 June 2018
Slides [PDF] Recording [Microsoft Stream]


Research Partnerships Managers - Support in developing and managing partner relationships

Contact your RPM at any time for assistance with identifying or working with partner organisations.

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 1064 (x1064), Research Partnerships Manager, Ms Lisa Elliott

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 1064 (x1064), Research Partnerships Manager, Ms Lisa Elliott

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 4058 (x4058), Research Partnerships Manager, Mr Mark Berlage

Faculty of Arts
Ph 02 9850 4057 (x4057), Research Partnerships Manager, Ms Jenny-Lee (J-L) Heylen

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 02 9850 4057 (x4057), Research Partnerships Manager, Ms Jenny-Lee (J-L) Heylen

Information and Compliance
Anita Quinn
Research Proposals Officer
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4462

Strategic Advice
Dr Ross Hill
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

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