Linkage Projects

Critical Dates

Intake 4 - 2017
Monday 13 November 2017

Submit review ready application to RIC

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Submit final application to RIC

Friday 15 December 2017

Final applications submitted to ARC

Intake 1 - 2018
April 2018

RIC ARC Linkage Projects 2018 Seminar (for all 2018 intakes) 

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Submit review ready application to RIC

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Submit final application to RIC

Thursday 31 May 2018

Final applications submitted to ARC

Intake 2 - 2018
Tuesday   17 July 2018

Submit review ready application to RIC

Tuesday  14 August 2018

Submit final application to RIC

Thursday     16 August 2018

Final applications submitted to ARC

Intake 3 - 2018
Tuesday   13 November 2018

Submit review ready application to RIC

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Submit final application to RIC

Thursday 13 December 2018

Final applications submitted to ARC


The Linkage Projects Scheme supports the initiation and/or development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations, other organisations (including industry) and end-users. The scheme aims to apply advanced knowledge to problems and/or provide opportunities to obtain national economic, social or cultural benefits.

To be eligible as a Chief Investigator on a 2017 Linkage Project you must, at 1 July 2017:

a. be an employee for at least 0.2 FTE at an Eligible Organisation; or
b. be a holder of an Emeritus Appointment at an Eligible Organisation.

Emeritus Appointment means any honorary position that gives full academic status, as certified by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the Proposal. These positions are typically held by former academic staff members who continue to have an ongoing relationship with the institution. For ARC purposes this relationship must include access to research support comparable to employees, and would also normally include participation in postgraduate supervision. The person would not normally be eligible if they hold a substantive (paid) position elsewhere.

If you hold an Honorary or Professorial Fellow appointment  (holding no other paid appointments) and you wish to apply as a Chief Investigator please contact to arrange DVCR certification.

Statements on Progress for ARC-funded projects:

If a project is listed in G15 and has had a final report submitted to the ARC, please ensure a short explanation is provided in H2. For example: 'Final Report has been submitted to the ARC on dd/mm/yyyy'.

Linkage Projects Continuous Round:

As of the 1st July 2016 Linkage Projects will no longer have one round per year. They will be open for submissions at any time. The University of Melbourne will submit applications in 4 batches each year (please see above for quarterly intake dates). Should you wish to apply outside of these times, please contact RIC at to discuss further.

Awarded projects will now have six months to sign their third party agreement.

Some major Changes to 2017 Linkage Projects:


Your ‘active projects' end date are used to calculate proposal limitations to ensure your eligibility to apply for a new grant.

The ARC have changed their definition of  an ‘Active Project’. Previously when calculating proposal limitations, the ARC would calculate your active projects based on the original award letter of your Project. Meaning if you had a late start date or had carried forward project funding extending your project end date, this project did not count towards your proposal numbers.

Active Projects NOW mean: a Project that is receiving funding according to the terms of the original Funding Agreement, or has any carryover funds approved by the ARC, or an approved variation to the Project’s end date. Therefore if your project has carried forward any funding and the end date has changed, the NEW end date determines an active project.

Applicants should review all Limits on Project and Proposal Rules: See D10.1 - page 47 and A7.4.2 of the Funding Rules:

D10.1 - A CI on a Linkage Project may submit and /or be funded concurrently for a maximum of four Linkage Projects as a CI

A7.4.1 - For purposes of Eligibility, CIs on Industrial Transformation Research Hubs commencing in 2015 or later, or Industrial Training Centres commencing in 2016 or later will each count as one Linkage Project.


The ARC has added a new type of Partner Organisation which is exempt from the Cash Contributions requirements. A full list of exempt POs are as follows:

a. Exempt Archive and Public Record Office
b. Exempt Charity 
c. Exempt Herbarium
d. Exempt Museum and Collecting Organisation
e. Exempt Non-Profit Organisation
f. Exempt Small Business
g. Exempt Start-up

SELECTION CRITERIA - new weighting

The new criteria weighting is as followed:

  • Investigators: 25% (new weighting)
  • Project Quality and Innovation: 25% (new weighting)
  • Feasibility:20% (new weighting)
  • Benefit: 30% (new weighting)

NOTE: Research Environment is no longer a selection criterion and the ‘Research Environment’ term has been removed from the Funding Rules in its entirety.

Some of the required criteria which fell under ‘Research Environment’ now falls under 'Feasibility' and 'Project Quality and Innovation'.  Applicants should review section D6 of the Funding Rules, pages 44 and 45, for further details.


The scheme provides funding at a minimum of $50 000 per year and a maximum or $300 000 for each year of the project. Partner organisations are required to provide total cash and in-kind support equal to the amount requested from the ARC for project costs. The combined eligible Cash Contribution from partner organisations must be at least 25 per cent of the total funding requested from the ARC. See section D8.2 of the Funding Rules for more information.

Optional proposal review by Graham Steed

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) engages the services of Dr Graham Steed to review ARC Linkage proposals to improve application competitiveness. Please provide the responses to Parts A4, A5, the Project Description in Part C and the statement for question D3 in one Microsoft Word or pdf document. Applicants should email their draft responses to Alternatively, applicants can email a pdf of the full proposal from RMS. Refer to the Critical dates for the University of Melbourne intakes for the Linkage Projects.

Applicants (especially Early Career Researchers and Linkage Project first-timers) are strongly encouraged to submit their draft as early as possible to allow Graham time to provide feedback and for them to incorporate any changes before the final application due date.

Please note that requesting a review from Graham is optional. RIC will still review draft applications before the final due date.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  2. Update RMS profile

    Each CI and Partner Investigator (PI) must obtain access to RMS and update profile information (see RMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the Linkage Projects Funding Rules and the Instructions to Applicants.

  4. Complete the application

    Log in to RMS and complete the application  with all PI sections included.

  5. Submit 'Review ready' application to RIC

    Submit application to RIC within the RIC internal submission period. Include the following:

    • An electronic copy of the complete review ready draft application
  6. Application review

    Two RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  7. Complete the application

    After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RMS. It is suggested advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  8. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    The form must be submitted to RIC electronically  on the final internal closing date. This form should include:

    • Complete the compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of all CIs and PIs
    • Signature of the Head of Department for each CI
    • Signature of the CEO (or delegate) for all PIs

    Electronic signatures are permitted.

    This is an ARC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to ARC until received.

  9. Final submission

    On the final Closing date, the applicant must:

    • Submit finalised application by clicking ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS
    • Email RIC ( a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.
    • If applicable, the applicant should include an electronic copy of the Request Not to Assess form if they would like to request the exclusion of a potential assessor.

    Note: Applications without a completed Authority to Submit form cannot be submitted to the ARC

  10. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to ARC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

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Key Contact

Angela Baklavas
T: 8344 2018

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