Key dates for ARC Linkage Projects 2017

The following are key dates for the 2017 ARC Linkage Projects continuous round:

  • Release of Funding Rules: 22 September 2016
  • Proposals open in Research Management System (RMS): 23 December 2016
  • Proposals Close in RMS: 19 December 2017

UQ intake 2 2017

  • Requests Not to Assess (due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I)): 26 July 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 26 July 2017
  • Applications close with ARC: 11 August 2017

UQ intake 3 2017

  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 27 September 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 27 September 2017
  • Applications close with ARC: 16 October 2017

UQ intake 4 2017

  • Requests Not to Assess due to UQR&I: 6 December 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 6 December 2017
  • Applications close with ARC: 19 December 2017


  • Rejoinder period: Rejoinders are expected 8 weeks after submission of the application to the ARC, but this may be subject to change
  • Rejoinders due to UQR&I: LP17 rejoinders must be submitted to the ARC within 1 week. The UQR&I internal deadline for rejoinders will be communicated to individual applicant teams throughout the continuous round, but typically we will request submission 2 days prior to the ARC submission.
  • Anticipated announcement: ongoing (roughly 5-6 months after submission to the ARC)

UQR&I will also support proposals submitted at other times via continuous application processing, with a two and a half week processing turnaround.

The LP17 continuous round closes with the ARC on 19 December 2017. The LP18 continuous round will open shortly after.


The Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research and development between higher education researchers and partner organisations including industry, to further national innovation and acquisition of new knowledge. The scheme provides project funding of between $50,000 and $300,000 per year for two to five years and must include at least one Partner Organisation and satisfy the Australian Research Council's (ARC) contribution requirements.

How to apply

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 valid, generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records and select 'Submit to Research Office' in RMS to submit the application.
  • To initiate review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • If lodging a Request Not to Assess, email your completed form to UQR&I by the internal closing date.
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proformas and, where relevant, CFRC Non-Duplication statements.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to the ARC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the following: 


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.

To assist researchers to prepare rejoinders, UQR&I holds rejoinder information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the ARC's College of Experts and posts session materials on the UQR&I presentations and slides page. Due to the continuous nature of the Linkage Project scheme, UQR&I encourages bid teams to attend the most timely information session in anticipation of receiving assessments.