Linkage Projects

Critical Dates

Linkage Projects 2022 Assessment Round 1 (closed)
Thursday 23 June 2022 12pm-1pm 

RIC ARC Linkage Projects 2022 Seminar - Register here

Monday, 4 July 2022 

Submit review ready application to RIC

Thursday 14 July 2022

Request not to Assess due to RIC

Monday 18 July 2022

Request not to Assess to ARC  

Monday 25 July 2022

Final applications due to RIC

Monday 1 August 2022

Final applications due to ARC

21 September 2022 - 5 October 2022

Rejoinders

February 2023

Anticipated announcement LP22 Rd1 (Approximately six months from the application closing date for this round)

Linkage Projects 2022 Assessment Round 2
Monday 14 November 2022

Submit review ready application to RIC

Thursday 24 November 2022

Request not to Assess due to RIC

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Request not to Assess to ARC

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Final applications due to RIC

Tuesday 13 December 2022

Final applications due to ARC  

1 March 2023 -15 March 2023 

Rejoinders

June 2023 

Anticipated announcement  LP22 Rd 2 (Approximately six months from the application closing date for this round)

Overview

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

The Linkage  Projects aims to:

  • support the development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems;
  • provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector; and
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas, particularly the National Manufacturing Priorities.

While applications are open continuously, there will be two assessment rounds for applications for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2022. Key dates for this scheme have been updated on the Grants Calendar available on the ARC website and on the RIC webpage

Please note: Draft LP22 applications will carry over in RMS between rounds (a draft application started during assessment Round 1 can be submitted in assessment Round 2 without the need to restart the application).

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA - new weighting

The criteria weighting is as follows:

  • Investigator(s) /Capability: 20%
  • Project Quality and Innovation: 25%
  • Feasibility and commitment: 20%
  • Benefit: 35%
CI ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to be a Chief Investigator on a Linkage Project applied for in 2022  you must at the grant commencement date, and if successful, for the project activity period:
a. be an employee for at least 0.2 FTE at an Eligible Organisation; or
b. be a holder of an honorary academic appointment at an Eligible Organisation.

The Grant Commencement Date for Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2022 is 1 January 2023.

HONORARY ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT

Honorary academic appointment for eligibility purposes means any position that gives full academic status, as certified by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the application.  The researcher must have access to research support comparable to employees e.g. an  emeritus appointment. The researcher is not eligible to be a Chief Investigator using their honorary academic appointment if they are employed by an organisation other than an Eligible Organisation for more than 0.2 FTE.

If you hold an Honorary or Professorial Fellow appointment  (holding no more than 0.2 FTE paid appointment at an organisation other than an Eligible Organisation) and you wish to apply as a Chief Investigator please contact ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au to arrange DVCR certification.

ACTIVE PROJECT ASSESSMENT DATE AND PROJECT LIMITS

The active project assessment date for the Linkage Projects grant opportunity for funding applied for in 2022 is 1 July 2023.  Further details on active projects and active project assessment date can be found in section 15.2 of the Grant Guidelines

Applicants should review the limits on project and applications for Linkage Projects. See sections 4.31 - 4.36  of the Grant Guidelines.

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Uploading research outputs to ARC RMS for ARC grant applications

Research outputs must first be added to an applicant's ARC Research Management System (RMS) profile before they can be selected for inclusion on an application. The University's recommended approach is to export research outputs from Elements as a BibTeX file and then import this file into RMS to achieve best data integrity.

See the information guide for the latest step-by-step guide: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/n65r

Research outputs (publications) are now managed by the Research Outputs team in Students and Scholarly Services. This new shared service supports academics across the divisions and the University in general in the process of capturing the important research outputs they produce. Contact: Research Outputs

Funding

The scheme provides funding at a minimum of $50 000 per year and a maximum or $300 000 for each year of the project. Partner organisations are required to provide total cash and in-kind support equal to the amount requested from the ARC for project costs. The combined eligible Cash Contribution from partner organisations must be at least 25 per cent of the total funding requested from the ARC. See section 4.1 of the Grant Guidelines for more information.

Optional proposal review by an external consultant

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) engages the services of an external consultant to review ARC Linkage proposals to improve application competitiveness. Please provide the responses to Parts A4, A6 and  the Project Description in Part D2 in one Microsoft Word or pdf document. Applicants should email their draft responses to ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au. Alternatively, applicants can email a pdf of the full proposal from RMS. Refer to the key dates for the  LP22 Assessment Rounds.

Applicants (especially Early Career Researchers and Linkage Project first-timers) are strongly encouraged to submit their draft as early as possible to allow the external consultant the time to provide feedback and for them to incorporate any changes before the final application due date.

Please note that requesting a review from an external consultant is optional. RIC will still review draft applications before the final due date.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI)

    The NOI should be completed early to provide RIC with CIA contact details.

  2. Update RMS profile

    Each CI and Partner Investigator (PI) must obtain access to RMS and update profile information (see RMS information)

  3. Review documentation

    Review the Linkage Projects Grant Guidelines and the Instructions to Applicants.

  4. Complete the application

    Log in to RMS and complete the application  with all PI sections included.

  5. Submit 'Review ready' application to RIC

    Submit application by emailing RIC (ric-arcdiscovery@unimelb.edu.au) within the RIC submission period. Include the following:

    An electronic copy of the complete review ready draft application*, downloaded as a PDF from RMS.

    *A review ready draft application should include the following completed sections:

    Part A - Administrative Summary
    Part B - Classifications and Other Statistical Information
    Part C - Project Eligibility
    Part D - Project Description: This part can be incomplete, but should include Investigator/Capability and Communication of Results sections in D2.
    Part E - Project Cost (Budget Table and Budget Justification)
    Part F - Participant Details including ROPE
    Part G - Partner Organisation Details 

    Note: The RMS Profile for each CI and PI should be updated because some parts of the application are auto-populated from participant's RMS Profile.

  6. Application review

    Two RIC staff members will review the application and provide the applicant with feedback via email.

  7. Complete the application

    After taking feedback from the RIC team into consideration, complete the application in RMS. It is suggested that advice is sought from colleagues, Faculty Mentors, etc. before finalising the application.

  8. Submit the UOM Authority to Submit form

    The form must be submitted to RIC electronically  on the final internal closing date. This form should include:

    • Complete the compliance and eligibility section
    • Signature of all CIs and PIs
    • Signature of the Head of Department for each CI
    • Signature of the CEO (or delegate) for all PIs

    Electronic signatures are permitted.

    This is an ARC requirement and the application cannot be submitted to ARC until received.

  9. Final submission

    On the final Closing date, the applicant must:

    • Submit finalised application by clicking ‘Submit to Research Office’ in RMS
    • Email RIC (ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au) a pdf copy of the final application and a scanned, signed Authority to Submit form.

    Note: Applications without a completed Authority to Submit form cannot be submitted to the ARC

  10. RIC will submit the application

    Once the application has been submitted to ARC, you will receive an email from RIC confirming submission.

Supporting documents

ARC

RIC

Instructional Videos

Seminars

How to write a rejoinder

Please note: Assessor comments should only include details on the Investigator(s)/Capability, Project Quality and Innovation, Feasibility & Commitment, and Benefit.  Assessors should not be commenting on Eligibility and Compliance.  If you identify an assessment that contains inappropriate elements you may wish to have this reviewed by the ARC. You can do this by completing an ARC Assessment Review Request form within 3 working days after the opening of the Rejoinder period. Please note that applicants should never contact the ARC directly. Always speak to your Faculty or RIC first.

Contacts

Questions and primary email
ric-arclinkage@unimelb.edu.au.

Key contacts

Elizabeth Morfe+61 3 8344 2064
Carrie Liang+61 3 8344 0440
Leah Sullivan+61 3 8344 2012

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