Key dates for ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2021

  • Release of Guidelines: 20 November 2019
  • Internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process opens: 21 September 2020
  • Deadline for Faculty/Institute internal EOIs: 4 November 2020
  • Deadline for UQ R&I internal EOIs: 16 November 2020
  • Applications open in Research Management System (RMS): 27 January 2021
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 1 March 2021
  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQ R&I: 10 March 2021
  • Applications close with ARC: 31 March 2021
  • Rejoinder period: 7 July to 21 July 2021
  • Rejoinders due to UQ R&I: 19 July 2021
  • Anticipated announcement: Fourth quarter 2021

Please note that outcomes for the previous round (LE21) are anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2020.


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.

The UQ deadline for EOIs to be submitted to Faculties and Institutes is 4 November 2020 . Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the EOI is submitted to each relevant Faculty/Institute by this date, prior to lodgement with UQ R&I.

UQ Central cash commitments will be advised as soon as possible following lodgement of EOIs to UQ R&I.

EOIs must be submitted via the online form available here

Full Applications

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 LE22 Application Coversheet 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


A suite of templates and other support documents for the LIEF 2022 Round will be available here closer to the opening of the round.

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.