Linkage Projects

Critical Dates

Intake 1 - 2017
Tuesday 7 February 2017

RIC ARC Linkage Projects 2017 Seminar (for all 2017 intakes) - register here

Monday 6 March 2017

Submit review ready application to RIC

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Submit final application to RIC

Friday 31 March 2017

Final applications submitted to ARC

Intake 2 - 2017
Monday 5 June 2017

Submit review ready application to RIC

Wednesday28 June 2017

Submit final application to RIC

Friday 30 June 2017

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.

Major Changes:

As of the 1st July 2016 Linkage Projects will no longer have 1 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. 

Please note ARC Funding Rules are current until the 31 Dec 2016. As of the 1 Jan 2017 the Funding Rules and application form will change.


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, A6, A7, 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
    • RIC review coversheet (UoM login required)
    • 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. Email this to
  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 2.0
    • Email RIC ( a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form

    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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