Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilites (LIEF)

Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

Funding Body

Australian Research Council

Key Dates

EoI closing date: Monday 2 February 2015
Applications open: 19 February 2015
Internal closing date: 26 March 2015
Request not to assess: 26 March 2015
External closing date: 9 April 2015

Summary of changes to 2015 round

The most notable changes this round are to the selection criteria which include some additions as listed below:

The list of criteria under the Selection Criteria ‘Significance of research to be supported with the proposed research infrastructure’ (Subsection B4.1.a) has been updated to include demonstrated national or international focus for large scale cooperative initiatives.

The list of criteria under the Selection Criteria ‘Need and use of the proposed infrastructure, equipment and facilities’ (Subsection B4.1.b) has been updated to include information about the measurable impact of the research and the proposed arrangements for broader access to the requested infrastructure, equipment or facilities.

The list of criteria under the Selection Criteria ‘Nature of the alliance and commitment between the organisations named on the Proposal’ (Subsection B4.1.c) has been updated to include information about the proposed arrangements for ongoing operational expenditure where applicable.

The list of criteria under the Selection Criteria ‘Investigators’ (Subsection B4.1.d) has been updated to include information about the relevance of the research infrastructure to the research capacity and planned activities of each CI and PI on the Proposal and, where relevant, to the research groups represented on the Proposal.

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.

Eligibility

Dependent on employment status of named investigator - refer to ARC Funding Rules or contact Research Grants and Contracts – and requisite Collaborating/Partner Organization contributions.

Funding

  • 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

Resources