Key dates for ARC Linkage Projects 2019

  • Release of Grant Guidelines:  21 December 2018
  • Proposals open in Research Management System (RMS): 21 December 2018
  • Proposals Close in RMS: 19 December 2019 (final ARC deadline)
  • Requests Not to Assess are due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) when you submit your application for review

UQ intake 1 2019 - Applications due to UQR&I:  1 February 2019

UQ intake 2 2019 - Applications due to UQR&I: 8 April 2019

UQ intake 3 2019 - Applications due to UQR&I: 19 August 2019

  • For submission to ARC in 3 weeks after each internal submission.

UQ intake 4 2019 - Applications due to UQR&I: 18 November 2019

  • Final end-of-year cut-off with ARC: 19 December 2019

The Linkage  Projects scheme moved to continuous submission from 1 July 2016. To support continuous submission, UQR&I has established four intakes to encourage applications throughout the year. The UQ intakes provide a focal point for Faculties/Institutes and Partner Organisations to work with UQR&I, ensuring Linkage compliance and eligibility requirements are met and proposals are submitted to the ARC progressively.

UQR&I will also support proposals submitted at any other time through continuous application processing. General processing times for internal review and iteration with the applicant team is 3 weeks, although highly complex or incomplete proposals may require a longer timeframe.

  • Rejoinder period: Rejoinders are expected 8 weeks after submission of the application to the ARC, but this may be subject to change. LP19 rejoinders must be submitted to the ARC within 1 week of release. 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)

The LP19 continuous round closes with the ARC on 19 December 2019.


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.
  • 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 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.

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.