The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project scheme promotes partnership and collaboration between academia and industry. The department regularly partners on ARC Linkage Projects with universities. We value the opportunity to leverage funding from the Australian Government and collaborate with university researchers and other partners on topics of mutual priority.
ARC Linkage Projects require each partner organisation to provide cash and/or in-kind support over the duration of the 3- to 5-year project. The combined partner organisation contributions must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
Applying to partner with the department
Each year, we run 2 rounds for assessing applications for ARC Linkage Project partnerships with the department. Applications to these rounds close in February and August to allow for assessment of applications prior to the ARC’s 2 Linkage Project submission dates in May and December.
ARC Linkage Project dates for 2024 are as follows:
- Round 1
- 29 February: Departmental applications close
- April: Departmental outcome notification
- 8 May: National ARC applications close*
- Round 2
- 30 August: Departmental applications close
- November: Departmental outcome notification
- 11 December: National ARC applications close*
We invite universities to initiate discussions with the department about partnering on ARC Linkage Projects. When you have in-principle support from the department, please submit your application using the
Applications are due by
29 February 2024 for Round 1 and by
30 August 2024 for Round 2, and can be emailed to
ResearchServices@qed.qld.gov.au. A panel of departmental officers will assess the applications after each round has closed, with outcomes advised prior to the relevant ARC submission date.
How applications are assessed
Submissions are appraised using the following key criteria.
- Extent of in-kind (preferred) and cash support sought from the department and capacity of relevant departmental business areas to fund any cash contributions.
- Alignment with the department’s
- Potential for the research to provide a unique contribution to knowledge in the field.
- Quality of methodology including ethical considerations.
- Capability and diversity of the research team.
- Potential return on investment including consideration of impost and benefits to the department.
- Quality of end-user engagement strategies throughout the research cycle and ability to provide tangible solutions for policy and practice.