Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

Status: LE24

Internal deadlines

Notice of Intent to SubmitMCLOSED
Presentation to panel/project pitch          MN/A
Expression of Interest - Victorian ProcessMOPEN


LE24 scheme opens in RMSN/AWednesday 25th January 2023
Final application submitted to Research Office via RMS M TBC (late Feb/early March 2023)
Via RMS Submit to Research Office
Certification formsMTBC (late Feb/early March 2023)
Email Deakin Research Grants
NOT DU-led LIEF Applications - please complete the DVCR Request for Co-Investment Funding Form        MTBC (Feb 2023)
Request Not to Assess M Wednesday 8th March 2023
Now submitted via RMS - ** NEW PROCESS **

O - Optional / M - Mandatory


The LIEF scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to Eligible Organisations. It enables researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive research 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.

Participating organisations involved in LIEF projects must commit a significant contribution of cash and/or in-kind and/or other material resources to the application having regard to the total cost of the proposed LIEF project and the relative contribution of named participants at the organisation..

The objectives of LIEF are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training through the acquisition of research equipment and infrastructure and access to national and international research facilities; and
  • encourage Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations and/or Partner Organisations for the acquisition and use of research equipment and infrastructure or access to national and international facilities.

Funding amounts

Minimum request is $150,000 in a calendar year, for one year. *

Maximum level of funding provided by ARC is up to 75% of the total direct cost of the eligible budget items.

* One to five years if the application is for leasing infrastructure, equipment or facilities, the construction of research infrastructure, or subscription or coordinated access to international facilities and major national facilities.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent to Submit by the due date.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest by the due date.
  3. Read the Grants Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants - see below for links to ARC documents.
  4. Commence your online application on RMS.
  5. Use the DU templates provided below and liaise with your Case Manager as necessary.
  6. Organise relevant certification forms.

Documents and information

The ARC will no longer publish scheme specific documents on its website, but will make these available through GrantConnect. Links to scheme specific documents can be found below.

Policies and Strategies can still be found on the ARC website.

ARC documents

  • Grant Guidelines for LIEF funding commencing in 2022
  • Changes to Grant Guidelines
  • FAQs
  • ARC Guidance - Responding to the impact of COVID-19
  • Instructions to applicants
  • Sample application
  • Request not to Assess instructions - **NEW PROCESS **

ARC Policies

Templates, forms and tools