Australian Research Council (ARC): Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) Applications for Funding Commencing in 2019

Submit your University of Adelaide Expression of Interest (EOI) by 6 December 2017

The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment & Facilities (LIEF) scheme enables higher education researchers to participate in cooperative initiatives so that expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities can be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.

The scheme also fosters collaboration through its support of the cooperative use of international or national research facilities.

Under the scheme, applicants may seek funding for:

  • infrastructure, equipment and facility purchases, construction and installation
  • salaries directly associated with creating and installing infrastructure, equipment or facilities
  • consortium membership costs, in the case of Australia’s participation in the use of significant international-scale or national research facilities
  • specialised computing/data facilities and software
  • compilations, catalogues, clearing houses or bibliographies.

Funding & Duration

  • The minimum grant under LIEF is $150,000.
  • Funding is normally for one year only and is not recurrent, except where international agreements and national facilities are involved.
  • The ARC requires that at least 25% of the direct cash cost of the infrastructure must be contributed by the collaborating organisations. The University of Adelaide has specific expectations on the level of cash support to be included in LIEF proposals and Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are required for this scheme in order to ascertain levels of University support.

Submission Requirements & University Deadlines

STAGE 1 – LIEF bids led by University of Adelaide or other organisations
Expressions of Interest
Researcher submits EOI to Research Services as attachment to Notification of Intent (NOI) eForm – submitted through ResearchMaster
Due: Wednesday
6 December 2017
Internal University Approvals Process completed – applicants advised on support for LE19 bids No later than: Friday
2 February 2018
STAGE 2 – LIEF Full Application Submission
Requests not to assess due at Research Services (for submitting to ARC). Send to Wednesday
7 March 2018
LIEF Scheme Proposals Open (ARC RMS system) Monday
22 March 2018
Complete and final LIEF applications University Internal Deadline

  • an electronic copy of your complete proposal – the pdf report generated out of RMS; with
  • Signed UA Internal Signature page (Appendix 2)
  • Other organisations’ signed certifications confirming cash and in-kind contributions

Please lodge these documents with Research Services –, and complete a Research Funding Request (RFR) eForm (through ResearchMaster).

Due to Research Services:
13 March 2018

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