The Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage scheme promotes partnership and collaboration between academia and industry. The department regularly partners on ARC linkage studies with universities. We value the chance to leverage funding from the Australian Government and collaborate with university researchers and other partners on topics of mutual priority.
ARC projects require that each partner organisation makes a contribution in cash and/or in kind over the 3 to 5-year project. The combined partner organisation contributions must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
Important update for 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the department’s operations, staff and students, the department has less capacity to commit to ARC linkage partnership proposals this year. The department is seeking proposals that request in-kind support only from the department or minimal cash commitments.
The application process
We have a competitive application process in place for assessing potential ARC partnership proposals that involve central office business areas (not schools or regional offices).
We invite universities to initiate discussions with the department about partnering on ARC linkage studies.
When you have in-principle support from the department, please submit your proposal using the
ARC Linkage partner proposal template (DOCX, 157KB).
Proposals close on 30 October 2020 and can be emailed to
ResearchServices@qed.qld.gov.au. A panel of department staff will assess proposals in November.
How proposals are assessed
Submissions are appraised using the following key criteria:
- alignment with priorities set out in our
priority research themes (PDF, 548KB)
- quality of methodology and imposition on departmental staff and students
- extent of in-kind (preferred) and cash support sought from the department
- potential return on investment
- ability to provide tangible solutions for policy and practice
- demonstrated end-user engagement strategies.