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What is the ARC Linkage Projects Grant?

The ARC Linkage Projects Grant  is a scheme that supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.



The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

To facilitate successful collaboration between higher education institutions and other parts of the innovation system, there are two assessment rounds for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2022, and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of the application closing date for each round. 

Applications for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for an application (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.



The ARC Linkage Projects Grant objectives are to:

  • support internationally competitive research projects and teams on challenges or opportunities of relevance to research end-users;
  • foster the establishment and strengthening of research alliances between higher education organisations and research end-users;
  • enhance the scale and focus of research, including in Australian Government priority areas.

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The ARC Linkage Projects Grant provides project funding of $50,000 to $300,000 per year for two to five years.


Eligible Projects

Research activities that meet the definition of ‘research’ as stated in the glossary of the grant guidelines are eligible to be supported under this grant opportunity.

Grant money may be requested and used for budget items that directly support the research project contained in an application, including the following items:

  • salary support for other personnel, for example, research associates and assistants, technicians and laboratory attendants at an appropriate salary level, including 30% oncosts, at the employing organisation;
  • stipends for HDR students, at an appropriate level for the Administering Organisation or the relevant sector;
  • teaching relief for CIs up to a total of $50,000 per CI per year;
  • equipment (and its maintenance) and consumables, including specialised computer equipment and software essential to the project;
  • travel costs essential to the project, including economy travel costs for domestic and/or international travel and accommodation, not exceeding an average of $20,000 per year of the project. The following travel costs are not counted towards the average of $20,000 per year limit:
    • expenditure on field research essential to the project, including technical and logistical support, travel expenses (including accommodation, meals and incidental costs); and
    • reasonable essential costs to allow a participant who is a carer, or who personally requires care or assistance, to undertake travel essential to the project.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, your application must:

  • include at least one Partner Organisation. You may also include Other Eligible Organisations and Other Organisations;
  • nominate at least one Chief Investigator (CI) from Your organisation who will be the Project Leader;
  • include a commitment from Partner Organisation(s) to provide total eligible cash and/or in-kind contributions that at least match the total funding requested from Us; and
  • include a commitment from Partner Organisation(s) to provide total eligible cash contributions of at least 25 per cent of the total funding requested from Us. If all Your Partner Organisations are Exempt Partner Organisations , You are not required to meet the 25 per cent minimum eligible cash contribution requirement.

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Recent Recipient

The new projects awarded funding include:

  • $675,000 to University of Wollongong, for a project led by Professor Buddhima Indraratna, to examine the factors that cause mud pumping and evaluate the effectiveness of sub-surface drainage to prevent rail track instability, particularly for mining and agriculture loads. The project aims to improve track longevity and reduce maintenance costs, with a corresponding boost in rail productivity.
  • $450,000 for a research project at The University of Queensland, led by Dr Steven Pratt, to develop strategies to mitigate silica scaling at coal seam gas water treatment facilities. The project may lead to more productive use of assets, improved pretreatment infrastructure, and the environmental benefits of reduced chemical waste and increased water recovery.
  • $555,000 to The University of Queensland, for a research project led by Associate Professor Yongjun Peng, to understand the reactions taking place during the recovery of base-metal and precious minerals. The project will develop new technologies to achieve mineral separation and metal extraction more efficiently and economically, halving the operating costs and providing reductions in harmful emissions.
  • $195,000 for a research project at The University of Queensland, led by Professor Peter Hayes to support improved extraction and utilisation of Australia’s iron ore resources by providing new technical information on the behaviour of ores during iron ore sintering. The project may improve the iron-making process, supporting companies to efficiently use, market, and sell different iron ores.

The ARC is proud to have delivered on this key NISA measure to boost the innovative capacity of the nation by supporting research collaboration


Latest News

8 February 2023 – 20 Advanced Manufacturing projects received a total of $10 million 

Funds totalling $40 million for 81 new projects were announced under the program on Tuesday. 20 Advanced Manufacturing projects were awarded funding (out of 49 considered). The cumulative grant amount of $10,186,959 was also the highest for any of the nine priority areas.

Among those receiving grants were:

  • A project involving visual methods for automation of underwater manipulation, increasing the autonomy of underwater robotic systems engaged in intervention and inspection tasks, led by Reach Robotics with University of Sydney the admin organisation. ($419,886 grant.)
  • A project to develop an “integrated photoreactor and membrane separation system for efficient photocatalytic water splitting” led by Graphenex with the University of Queensland. ($644,398 grant.)
  • A project continuing a long-running collaboration between Eco Detection and University of Tasmania on an improved electrophoretic analyser for water quality monitoring. This aims to advance the “Eco Sensor”, an Australian-made portable electrophoretic analyser for autonomous monitoring of water chemistry. ($799,084 grant.)
  • A project led by ANCA and featuring The Australian National University as admin partner, aiming to develop “an advanced high-precision ultrashort pulse laser technique for shaping and sharpening cutting tools and grinding wheels.” ($308,586 grant.)


22 April 2022 – Two UWA projects awarded $1.2 million in national research funding

A project that will develop new technology for measuring ocean surface currents at unprecedented fine resolution and a study that will investigate ways to alleviate herbicide damage to crops will receive combined $1.2 million in Federal Government funding. Dr Matthew Rayson, a senior research fellow in The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Graduate School, will lead the project.

A total of $31.8 million was awarded for 68 new research grants under this round of the 2021 Linkage Projects scheme. A further $530,029 in funding will go to a study testing the potential of fulvate and manganese in alleviating herbicide damage to crops.


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