ARC Linkage Projects

Status: CLOSED

There are two* assessment rounds for Linkage Projects Applications with funding applied for in 2023. Applications for round 1 can be submitted up until Tuesday 12th April 2023, round 2 is still to be determined. For internal deadlines and other important dates, please see the information provided below *EDITED 01/03/23 after receiving advice from ARC that the number of rounds for 2023 is being reduced from 3 to 2)

Internal timelines

StageRequired?Internal timelines
Applicant to liaise with DR Innovations to discuss projectM

Applicant to discuss proposal with Head of Budget Centre and obtain their approval to proceedM

For DU led - Submit Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS)

For not DU led - Submit Notice of Intent to Submit (NOIS) not DU Led*
M NOIS must be provided ASAP, no later than 2 months prior to the ARC submission date for the round in which you are applying.

When you agree to participate

Internal Grantsmanship Review process begins at Faculty/Institute/SRIC level M Upon DR Grants receipt of NOIS
Submit Request not to Assess form via RMS ** NEW PROCESS ** O

Round 1: Thursday 20th April

Round 2: Wednesday 22nd November

Submit completed application via RMS for compliance checking by Research Office

Round 1: Wednesday 12th April

Round 2: Wednesday 15th  November 2023

Email completed certification forms to

Round 1: Wednesday 12th April

Round 2: Wednesday 15th  November 2023

Research Office submits to ARCM

Round 1: Wednesday 10th May

Round 2: Wednesday 13th December 2023

O - Optional / M - Mandatory / * For not DU led LP applications the above timeline does not apply


The Linkage Projects scheme supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Applications for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind and/or other material resources to the project. The combined Partner Organisation eligible contributions for an application (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind eligible contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.

The Linkage Projects scheme objectives are to:
a. support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems;
b. provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector; and
c. enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

The intended outcomes of the Linkage Projects scheme are:
a. the growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system; and
b. economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia.

How to apply - DU led proposals

    1. Intending applicants should contact Deakin Research – Innovations to discuss their application and their potential industry partners.
    2. Applicant to discuss proposal with Head of Budget Centre and seek their approval.
    3. Read the Grant Guidelines and changes, Instructions to Applicants and FAQ's
    4. Liaise with your Faculty/Institute/SRIC and follow internal processes for approval.
    5. Submit a Notice of Intention to Submit (NOIS)
    6. Provide the Partner Pack to your Partner Organisations (PO). Your Deakin Research Innovations Manager can assist with questions from PO
    7. Complete your online application in RMS - use DU templates provided below. Once completed select 'Submit to Research Office' and notify Deakin Research Grants.