Key dates for ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2021

  • Release of Guidelines: 20 November 2019
  • Internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 22 November 2019
  • Deadline for internal EOIs: 3 February 2020
  • Applications open in Research Management System (RMS): 29 January 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: NA
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 1 April 2020 (extended from 4 March 2020)
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 13 April 2020 (extended from 16 March 2020)
  • Applications close with ARC: 29 April 2020 (extended from 1 April 2020)
  • Rejoinder period: TBA
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: TBA
  • Anticipated announcement: Available on the ARC website


The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international and national research facilities.

Researchers are able to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.

How to apply

Expressions of Interest

UQ will conduct a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for both UQ lead and non-lead proposals. Given the competitive nature of the scheme and the need for institutional cash contributions, UQ will submit a high-quality field of applications to the ARC based on recommendations from the Faculties/Institutes.

Noting that Faculties and Institutes set their own deadlines for EOIs, applicants are responsible for ensuring that the EOI is submitted to each relevant Faculty/Institute by the relevant deadline, prior to lodgement with UQ R&I. UQ Central cash commitments to EOIs will be advised by UQ R&I as soon as possible thereafter.

Following the EOI process, endorsed UQ lead LIEF teams prepare a full proposal, as follows:

Step 1. RMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile in RMS ‘Person Profile’. If any team members are new to RMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key ARC and UQ documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and validated, generate a whole-of-application PDF for your records, and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed LE21 Application Coversheet (DOCX, 47.1 KB) to UQ R&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQ R&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas.
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required). 

Additional ARC documents



Additional Resources

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the ARC assessment and rejoinder process, proposal comments from external assessors will be made available to applicants, who may be given the opportunity to submit a rejoinder.