ARC Linkage Projects

Status: Open

There are three assessment rounds for applications for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2021.Applications can be submitted at any time between 18 December 2020 and 16 December 2021 and will be assessed within one of three assessment rounds as per dates below.

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/SRC level M Upon DR Grants receipt of NOIS
Submit Request not to Assess form via RMS ** NEW PROCESS ** O

Round 1: 6th April 2021

Round 2: 9th August 2021

Round 3: 9th December 2021

Submit completed application via RMS for compliance checking by Research Office

Round 1: No later than 16th March 2021

Round 2: No later than 19th July 2021

Round 3: No later than 18th November 2021

Email completed certification forms to

Round 1: No later than 16th March 2021

Round 2: No later than 19th July 2021

Round 3: No later than 18th November 2021

Research Office submits to ARCM

Round 1: 13th April 2021

Round 2: 16th August 2021

Round 3: 16th December 2021

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/SRC 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.

Documents and information

The ARC will no longer publish scheme specific documentation 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.

If you are requesting a PhD stipend from the ARC, the rate is $28,600 pa.