Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilites (LIEF)

Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

Funding Body

Australian Research Council

Key Dates

EoI closing date: 14 February 2014
Applications open: 21 February 2014
Internal closing date: 31 March 2014
Request not to assess: 2 April 2014
External closing date: 16 April 2014

Summary of changes to 2014 round

There are several changes this round the most notable being an additional limitation on the number of Projects and Proposals a CI or PI can receive funding for. The additional clause in the Funding Rules is:

A CI or PI receiving funding under the LIEF scheme may only be named on a maximum of two concurrent Projects under this scheme’

An additional scheme objective has been included also to ‘support and develop research infrastructure for the broader research community’

Other changes include additional definitions to provide clarification and updates to all four of the Selection Criteria. Please see the full document linked below in the Resources section.

*Please note there are additional changes to the way budget information is entered, please read the Instructions to Applicants carefully.

Scheme objectives

  • encourage Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations, higher education institutions and/or their Partner Organisations to develop and support research infrastructure;
  • support large-scale national or international cooperative initiatives thereby allowing expensive research infrastructure to be shared and/or accessed;
  • support areas of existing and/or emerging research strength; and
  • support and develop research infrastructure for the broader research community.


Dependent on employment status of named investigator - refer to ARC Funding Rules or contact Research Grants and Contracts


  • The minimum level of funding provided by the ARC is $150,000 per year.
  • The maximum level of funding provided by the ARC for a Project under LIEF is up to 75 per cent of the total direct cost of the research infrastructure.

Application Process

  1. Read How to apply for an ARC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  2. Read the ARC Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants
  3. Read the Sydney application process for LIEF (Word)
  4. Submit an expression of interest: Expression of interest form (Word)
  5. Invitations to shortlisted applicants for full application
  6. Create application in RMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by internal closing date
  7. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form and Certification Proforma (see Resources below)
  8. Submit complete final application by final application due date


Table templates (all Word docs)