ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities information for University of Newcastle Researchers

Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme (LIEF)

For Funding Commencing in 2015

Please note: Applications for the ARC LIEF scheme for funding commencing in 2015 are expected to open mid-February 2014 and close on 16 April 2014. Please check back to this page or subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list for up to date information.

The ARC LIEF scheme provides funding for large-scale cooperative initiatives to enable the purchase of expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities costing at least $150,000.For more information, please visit theLIEF page on the ARC website

Key Dates

ARC LIEF for funding commencing in 2015 is now closed.

Notification of Intention to Apply due to Research Office

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Applications open

Mid-February 2014 (ARC to advise)

Written Evidence Form due to Research Office

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Internal Closing Date*

Wednesday 2 April 2014*

ARC submission

Wednesday 16 April 2014

*Please Note: From Thursday 3 April 2014, the Research Office will be conducting Final Checks on all LIEF applications received by our Internal Closing Date. From this date until the ARC deadline, Research Office staff will be significantly limited in their capacity to provide assistance, information and application advice to applicants who do not submit their final applications by the Internal Closing Date. Applicants who do not submit their final application by this our Internal Closing Date will be referred to the ARC Funding Rules, Frequently Asked Questions and Instructions to Applicants.

Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI)

It is a requirement for all applicants intending to submit an ARC LIEF grant commencing in 2015, either through University of Newcastle or through another institution, must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) by the due date.

NOIs will be provided to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) to determine the level of University contribution towards the proposal. NOIs may also be reviewed by a committee of NSW Pro/Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research & Innovation), prior to submission of full applications to the ARC.

Applicants who do not submit an NOI by the above date will be required to seek formal Faculty Assistant Dean (Research) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) approval prior to providing a late NOI for consideration by the DVC (Research & Innovation).

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and relevant Faculty Assistant Deans (Research) and Faculty Heads of School will be also forwarded a copy of the relevant NOIs, for their information.

Organisational cash and in-kind support cannot be assured for applicants who do not submit an NOI by the advertised deadline.



Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC LIEF scheme, please contact Neroli Finlay via email or phone on (02) 4921 5353.

Important notes regarding lodgement of ARC applications

  1. In RMS, save each Part of the Proposal one final time
  2. Ensure all components of the Proposal are complete and valid
  3. Full Eligibility and Compliance Review: email the relevant Research Office contact ( when application is ready to review
  4. Internal Closing Date: to submit to the Research Office click on 'Submit Proposal to Research Office' located at the bottom of the Proposal Summary Page
  5. Submit the Written Evidence to the Research Office as detailed above in the Documents section.

RMS Access

As of 2013 the ARC's GAMS system will no longer be available. All new applications as well as final reports will need to be submitted in RMS.

Access to RMS is via the ARC website

You can also download the UoN help document 'How to set up a RMS Account and create a Partner Organisation' (DOC 38 KB).

Should you require further assistance using RMS please contact Neroli Finlay via email or phone on (02) 492 15353.

ARC Reporting

If you have a current ARC grant with outstanding reports, this could affect your eligibility for this scheme. Please see the University of Newcastle ARC Reporting page.

Tools for Completing Your Application

Confidentiality and IP

Please note: In past rounds, the ARC warranted confidentiality. The Funding Rules now state "the ARC gives no undertaking to keep confidential any information provided in the Proposal except where required by law."

Due to this change we recommend that if submitting a research project with potential IP which could be patented/exploited or involves an Industry Partner which requires confidentiality, applicants should insert the following sentence at the start of the Project Description within their application:

"The following project is disclosed to the ARC in confidence for the purpose only of applying for ARC Funding."

Useful Information for preparing your applications

Australian Taxation Office Allowances