ARC Linkage Project Scheme: what's in it for researchers

What can I apply for?

You can access support for the costs associated with undertaking research, including salaries for some support personnel, equipment, maintenance and travel. There are specific items that can be requested:

  • Salary support for a research associate
  • PhD stipend

Support is not available for clinical medical and dental research and training, contract research or consultancies, data compilation or existing projects previously funded by the Commonwealth under an ARC Scheme or via the CRC program.

When do I apply and how much funding can I apply for?

Linkage awards offer funding between a minimum of $50,000 and a maximum of $300,000 per annum for 2 to 3 years.

Only one round of Linkage awards are being offered in 2012. These are due in November.

What constitutes a ‘collaborating organisation’?

Almost all public, private, community, government and non-profit organisations are eligible collaborators, provided they are not primarily funded for research or research-related activities from government sources. The following organisations and types of organisations are not eligible: universities, rural R&D boards, CRCs, DSTO, ANSTO and CSIRO

Overseas organisations may also be included as collaborators, though you must include an Australian based organisation. Project outcomes must be of economic or social benefit to Australia, and used in Australia.

The University currently has Linkage projects with a range of collaborators, including the Autism Associations of NSW, BHP Billiton Innovation Pty Ltd, Singtel Optus Pty Ltd, Glaxo Smith Kline, Sydney City Council, NSW Department of Education and Training, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the State Art Gallery.

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • Track record of the named investigators relative to opportunity (20 per cent)
  • Commitment from collaborating organisation (30 per cent)
  • Significance and innovation of the proposed project (25 per cent)
  • Approach and training (15 per cent), and
  • Research Environment (10 per cent).