Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage projects

The Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme offers a unique opportunity for organisations to engage with the University of Sydney to undertake research projects likely to benefit Australian industry and communities.

The application is prepared by the university’s Chief Investigator in collaboration with the Partner Organisation.

The ARC usually takes six months to assess applications and announce the projects it will fund.

Steps involved

Stage 1: Application

  1. Discussions between the University and Partner Organisation to identify a suitable project.
  2. Preparation of the ARC application paperwork, including research plan and budget for the chosen project.
  3. Receipt of a signed supporting letter (DOC) of intent by the Partner Organisation.
  4. Submission by the University of the application for the appropriate ARC round.

Stage 2: Award

  • Announcement by the ARC of the successful applications.
  • Negotiations (if required) and execution of a Linkage agreement between the University and the Partner Organisation, using a standard Linkage Project Agreement (PDF)

Stage 3: Commencment

  1. Commencement of the project

Linkage agreement

A requirement of the ARC is that the University and the Partner Organisation enter into an agreement before any grant funds can be expended or any research can commence. Partner Organisation Cash Contributions must be at least 25 per cent of the total amount sought from the Commonwealth.
Partner Organisation cash contributions to a Linkage project may be eligible for the R&D Tax Concessions. Information on the eligibility requirements for the R&D Tax Concession can be obtained from AusIndustry. Tax pre-ruling may be sought from the Australian Taxation Office.