Linkage Program

The ARC's Linkage funding schemes aim to encourage and extend cooperative approaches to research and improve the use of research outcomes by strengthening links within Australia’s innovation system and with innovation systems internationally.

Linkage promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

See below for further information on Linkage Program Schemes and other important information relating to preparing ARC grants.

Research Office Contact
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

The Expression of Interest Period for this round has now CLOSED. Shortlisted applicants have been invited to submit a Full Application. The Full Application period for 2020 Centres of Excellence OPENED on Friday 12 October 2018 and closes on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Interest in the scheme

If you are interested in the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme either as lead CI or as a node of an application led by another university, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au as soon as possible to explore the scope of support that may be available for the development of your application.

The program

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious outstanding collaborative research initiatives addressing areas of national priority to both maintain and enhance Australia's international standing.

Scheme objectives are:

  • Undertake highly innovative and potentially transformational research that aims to achieve international standing in the fields of research envisaged and leads to a significant advancement of capabilities and knowledge;
  • Link existing Australian research strengths and build critical mass with new capacity for interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to address the most challenging and significant research problems;
  • Develop relationships and build new networks with major national and international centres and research programs to help strengthen research, achieve global competitiveness and gain recognition for Australian research;
  • Build Australia's human capacity in a range of research areas by attracting and retaining, from within Australia and abroad, researchers of high international standing as well as the most promising research students;
  • Provide high-quality postgraduate and postdoctoral training environments for the next generation of researchers;
  • Offer Australian researchers opportunities to work on large-scale problems over longer periods of time; and
  • Establish Centres of such repute in the wider community that they will serve as points of interaction among higher education institutions, governments, industry and the private sector generally.

The ARC selection process for the 2020 ARC Centres of Excellence round involves a competitive three-stage process:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI) to the ARC
  2. Shortlisted EOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal
  3. Shortlisted full Proposals will be invited to participate in an interview process conducted by the ARC's Selection Advisory Committee.

The selection criteria is weighted as follows:

 

EOI

Proposal

A. Research program – quality and innovation

70%

20%

B.  Investigators

30%

20%

C.  Institutional Support

 

20%

D. Governance, leadership and mentoring

-

20%

E. Outcomes and linkages

-

20%

For further information regarding the scheme, please visit the ARC Centres of Excellence website.


Key dates

CE20 Guidelines & ITA released

25 May 2018

Expressions of Interest (EOI) applications OPEN in RMS

25 May 2018
UON Deadline for 'Request not to Assess'Wednesday 20 June 2018 
UON Deadline for Final Application5:00pm Wednesday 27 June 2018
ARC Expressions of Interest (EOI) CLOSE 5:00pm Wednesday 4 July 2018
Rejoinders27 August 2018 - 5 September 2018
UON Deadline for Final Proposal5:00 pm Wednesday 12 December 2018

Full Proposal application period

Friday 12 October 2018 - Wednesday 19 December 2018

Interviews

May 2019

Anticipated outcomesJuly / August 2019

Past UON ARC Centres of Excellence

ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Laureate Professor Scott Sloane

ARC Centre of Excellence for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control

Professor Rick Middleton/Professor

Graham Goodwin

ARC Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology

Laureate Professor John Aitken


Final Reports and Eligibility

Any outstanding ARC Final Reports have eligibility implications for current ARC applications. The Grant Guidelines state:

C.19 "To be eligible to apply individuals nominated as the Centre Director, CIs and PIs in an EOI application or full application must:have met all obligations for previously funded ARC projects, including submitting satisfactory progress and final reports."    

RMS contains new functionality in the application form that will determine whether key eligibility requirements have been met by ALL participants. Section F10 of the application form will prevent the submission of an application where any participant has an overdue Final Report for any ARC-funded projects.

The ability to submit a valid application form to the ARC does not mean that participants have met all eligibility requirements. You will still need to ensure that comprehensive checks have been made so that participants comply with the eligibility requirements set out in the grant guidelines.

If you believe there is an incorrect End Date and therefore incorrect Final Report Due Date in RMS, please contact the Research Grants team immediately at research-grants@newcastle.edu.au.


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation.

Once you have signed in to GrantConnect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Centre of Excellence 2020 Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using GrantConnect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON

Further information

If you have any enquiries regarding eligibility and compliance for the ARC Centres of Excellence Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone 492 17733.

For funding commencing in 2020

Research Office Contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2020 will open on Tuesday 10 September 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Wednesday 27 November 2019.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme engages Australia's best researchers in issues facing the new industrial economies and training the future workforce. The scheme supports collaborative research activity, between the Australian higher education sector and industry, designed to focus on strategic outcomes That are not independently realisable.

The Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to engage in cutting-edge research on new technologies and economic, commercial and social transformation which support the development of research outcomes that benefit industry partners in the Industrial Transformation Priorities.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round. The current Industrial Transformation Priorities 2018 are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Cyber Security
  • Food and Agribusiness;
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources;
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals.

These priorities are consistent with the six high-growth sectors established under the Industry Growth Centres initiative.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme are to:

  • encourage collaborative R&D projects between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector that will solve challenging industry issues relevant to the Industrial Transformation Priorities;
  • drive growth, productivity and competitiveness by linking to key growth sectors; and
  • leverage national and international investment in targeted industry sectors, including from industry and other research end-users.

Under the Scheme the ARC will provide a minimum of $500,000 per year and up to $1 million per year of funding for each Research Hub for a minimum of three (3) and maximum of five (5) consecutive years. A strong collaboration and commitment of resources from innovative national and international industries is required;

Each Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC. In addition, the combined Partner Organisation(s) cash contribution must be at least 75% of the total funding requested from the ARC (with some exceptions).

For more information, visit the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub page.


Key Dates

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC Opens Tuesday 10 September 2019
UON Online Booking System opensWednesday 11 September 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings Period Thursday 7 November - Wednesday 20 November 2019
Request not to assess due to Research Office 5:00pm Monday 18 November 2019
Request not to assess due to ARC5:00pm Wednesday 20 November 2019
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm Wednesday 27 November 2019
ARC Closes 5:00pm Wednesday 4 December 2019

*Please note:

  • The UON deadline for final applications is one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet.
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Research Hubs.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • IRTP Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Certification Proforma
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON Supporting Documents


Final Reports and Eligibility

Any outstanding ARC Final Reports have eligibility implications for current ARC applications. The Grant Guidelines state:

  • 5.24     “To be eligible as a CI, the individual nominated must, as at the grant commencement date, have met their obligations regarding previously funded projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory final reports.”

The ARC and assessors will be able to view grants with outstanding reports for each researcher listed on an application. If grants have approved extensions and as such the Final Report is not overdue then this should be stated in the application.

If you believe there is an incorrect End Date and therefore incorrect Final Report Due Date in RMS, please contact the Research Grants team immediately at research-grants@newcastle.edu.au.


Further information

For further information regarding the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Hubs Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone 492 17733.

For funding commencing in 2020

Research Office Contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Industrial Transformation Training Centres for funding commencing in 2020 will open on Tuesday 10 September 2019 and the UON deadline for final applications is Wednesday 27 November 2019.

The Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) postdoctoral training, for end-user focused research industries that are vital to Australia's future.

The Industrial Transformation Priorities are priority research areas identified by the ARC which will be updated from round to round. The current Industrial Transformation Priorities for 2018 are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Cyber Security
  • Food and Agribusiness;
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources;
  • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services; and
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals.

These priorities are consistent with the six high-growth sectors established under the Industry Growth Centres initiative.

The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  1. foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial training
  2. drive growth, productivity and competitiveness within key growth sectors;
  3. enhance competitive research collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  4. strengthen the capabilities of industries and other research end-users in identified Industrial Transformation Priority areas.

The ARC provides project funding of a minimum of $650,000 per annum in the first 3 years, $150,000 per annum in the fourth year and no minimum for the fifth year. The maximum amount of funding is $1,000,000 per annum per project. Each application must nominate at least one Australian Partner Organisation and demonstrate a significant cash/in-kind contribution.

For further information, please visit the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres page.


Key Dates

Please note that these are indicative timeframes and are subject to change.

ARC Opens Tuesday 10 September 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings open Wednesday 11 September 2019
UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings period Thursday 7 November - Wednesday 20 November 2019
Request not to assess due to Research Office5:00pm Monday 18 November 2019
Request not to assess due to ARC5:00pm Wednesday 20 November 2019
UON Deadline for Final Application 5:00pm Wednesday 27 November 2019
ARC closes 5:00pm Wednesday 4 December 2019

*Please note:

  • The UON deadline for final applications is one (1) week prior to the ARC closing date and requires provision of a final, submission-ready proposal and all associated documentation including a fully signed External Application Coversheet.
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme


Documents

ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Funding Rules and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC Training Centres.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • IRTP Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Certification Proforma
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON Supporting Documents


Further information

For further information regarding the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone 492 17733.

For Funding Commencing in 2021

Research Office contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is CLOSED. Funding for  Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for 2021 will open on 29 January 2020 with the UON deadline for final applications on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

The ARC LIEF scheme provides funding for large-scale cooperative initiatives to enable the purchase of expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities costing at least $200,000 (with the minimum amount of $150,000 requested from the ARC). For more information, please visit the LIEF page on the ARC website.


Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI)

It is a requirement for all applicants intending to submit an ARC LIEF grant commencing in 2019, either through  the University of Newcastle or through another institution, to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) by 10:00am (AET) Monday 20 January 2020.

NOIs will be provided to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) or nominee, 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), 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 SDVC (Research & Innovation).

Please note Section 13 – ‘Support from Collaborating Institutions’ and Section 14 – ‘Certifications’ of the UON Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) Form must be fully completed for the NOI to be submitted to the SDVC(R&I) for consideration.

Please note: All eligible organisations (Australian Universities) named on an ARC LIEF application must make a cash contribution. Organisational cash and in-kind support cannot be assured for applicants who do not submit an NOI by the advertised deadline.


Key Dates

Please subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on ARC funding opportunities.

UON Notification of Intention to Apply due to Research Office10:00am Monday 20 January 2020
ARC opensWednesday 29 January 2020
UON Online Booking System OpensThursday 30 January 2020
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period Thursday 5 March - Wednesday 18 March 2020
Request Not to Assess due to Research Office 5:00pm Monday 16 March 2020
Request Not to Assess due at ARC 5:00pm Wednesday 18 March 2020
UON Deadline for Final Application5:00 pm  Wednesday 25 March 2020
ARC Submission Deadline 5:00 pm Wednesday 1 April 2020

*Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS 2.0, a complete and fully signed External Application Cover Sheet and all CI/PI and Partner Organisation Certifications (Written Evidence) emailed to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


UON Submission Process

Online System for Checking the Eligibility and Compliance of Research Grant Applications

For ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding, an online booking process will be used to manage Eligibility and Compliance Checks on applications.

Bookings can be made at http://uonresearchservices.simplybook.me/sheduler/manage

Eligibility and Compliance Check Process

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks will be completed on a rolling basis during the defined Eligibility and Compliance Check Period for this scheme.
  • Applications will be de-submitted on the day of the booking after a PDF of the application is generated from RMS 2.0 for Grants Team to complete the Eligibility and Compliance Check.
  • The check will be completed on the generated PDF within three (3) working days, with comments provided back to the lead Chief Investigator.
  • No secondary eligibility and compliance checks will be undertaken by Research Services. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application meets all the eligibility requirements of the scheme.

How to Make a Booking

To make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance Check for the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme, you need a valid RMS 2.0 Application ID for an application that has the University of Newcastle listed as the Administering Institution.

Please note: An Application ID will only secure one booking and cannot be used to make multiple bookings for the same application.

The Research Grants online booking system is available at http://uonresearchservices.simplybook.me/sheduler/manage

How to Submit your Application for the Eligibility and Compliance Check

  • Select the "Submit to Research Office" button to the right in the application screen in RMS 2.0.

Please note: RMS 2.0 requires data to be entered in an application before enabling the 'Submitted to Research Office' option. To maximise the value of your Eligibility and Compliance Check, please complete as much of the application as possible prior to 9:00am on the day of your booking. The 'Submitted to Research Office' button will only be enabled once all Part A-G summary tabs at the top of your application are coloured Green.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for ARC DECRAs.

Once you have signed in to Grant Connect you should download and review the following documents:

  • Linkage Program Grant Guidelines
  • Instructions to Applicants
  • Sample Application Form

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 492 17733.

UON


Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC LIEF scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.

Please ensure that you and your UON colleagues are subscribed to the UON Research-ARC email list for ongoing updates.


For Funding Commencing in 2019

Research Office Contact:
research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

This scheme is OPEN. The Linkage Projects scheme (2019 round) is run on a continuous basis and proposals can be submitted at any time up to Thursday 19 December 2019.

The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to facilitate collaborative research and development (R&D) projects between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system.

Proposals for funding under the Linkage Projects scheme must include at least one Partner Organisation. The Partner Organisation must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme opened for continuous submission and assessment on 1 July 2016. This means proposals are assessed as soon as they are submitted in the ARC’s Research Management System (RMS).

The ARC uses a ‘fast-track’ process to enable them to inform applicants of outcomes as soon as possible.  High and low-ranked proposals are fast-tracked through the assessment process with outcomes announced as early as possible after submission.  Outcomes for all other proposals are recommended to the Minister within six months of proposal submission. Unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback indicating if their proposal progressed to a selection meeting, or if it was fast-tracked as a low-ranked proposal.

For further information, please visit the Linkage Projects page on the ARC website.


Key Dates

Please subscribe to the Research Office ARC mailing list to receive up to date information on ARC funding opportunities.

The Linkage Projects scheme (2019 round) is run on a continuous basis and proposals can be submitted at any time up to Thursday 21 December 2019.

Applications open in RMS

Wednesday 21 December 2018

UON Eligibility & Compliance Check

2 weeks prior to planned submission to ARC

The final date UON Eligibility and Compliance Check Bookings can be secured is Friday 29 November 2019.

Certification (Written Evidence) 1 week prior to planned submission to ARC
UON Deadline for Final Application

1 week prior to planned submission to ARC

Due to the university shut down period, the UON deadline for proposals to be submitted in the 2019 round is Friday 6 December 2019

Request Not to Assess* 1 week prior to planned submission to ARC
ARC Close The last day for submitting proposals under the 2019 round of the Linkage Projects scheme is Thursday 19 December 2019.
Rejoinders With the move to a continuous application process, there is no fixed time for rejoinders.  The research office will be notified two weeks in advance of the rejoinder opening for a proposal and applicants will have one week to complete the rejoinder after opening.
Announcement Recommendations to the Minister within six months of proposal submission

* A reminder that Request not to assess requirements have recently changed and there can be need for ‘comprehensive evidence justifying the request’.

Please note: A Final Application comprises of a final submission-ready application submitted to the Research Office in RMS 2.0, a complete and fully signed External Application Cover Sheet and all CI/PI and Partner Organisation Certifications (Written Evidence) emailed to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


UON Submission Process

Online System for Checking the Eligibility and Compliance of Research Grant Applications

The Research Office uses an online booking process to manage Eligibility and Compliance Checks on applications for ARC Linkage Projects.

Bookings can be made at http://uonresearchservices.simplybook.me/sheduler/manage

Eligibility and Compliance Check Process

  • Eligibility and Compliance Checks are performed on an ongoing basis for this scheme.
  • On the day of booking, a PDF of the application is generated from RMS 2.0 for the Grants Team to complete the Eligibility and Compliance Check.  The application is then de-submitted in RMS 2.0.
  • The check will be completed on the generated PDF within three (3) working days, with comments provided to the lead Chief Investigator.
  • No secondary eligibility and compliance checks will be undertaken by Research Services.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application meets all the requirements of the scheme upon final submission.

How to Make a Booking

To make a booking for an Eligibility and Compliance Check for the ARC Linkage Projects scheme, you need the RMS 2.0 Application ID number for any application with the University of Newcastle listed as the Administering Institution.

Please note: An Application ID will only secure one booking and cannot be used to make multiple bookings for the same application.

The Research Grants online booking system is available at http://uonresearchservices.simplybook.me/sheduler/manage

How to Submit your Application for the Eligibility and Compliance Check

  • Select the "Submit to Research Office" button to the right in the application screen in RMS 2.0.

Please note: RMS 2.0 requires data to be entered in an application before enabling the 'Submitted to Research Office' option. To maximise the value of your Eligibility and Compliance Check, please complete as much of the application as possible prior to 9:00am on the day of your booking. The 'Submitted to Research Office' button will only be enabled once all Part A-H summary tabs at the top of your application are coloured green.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


ARC Final Reports

Please note that any outstanding ARC Final Reports now have eligibility implications for current ARC applications. Within the current Grant Guidelines under Eligibility to apply it states:

A6.25  “To be eligible as a CI, the individual nominated must, as at the date of application have met their obligations regarding previously funded Projects, including submission to the ARC of satisfactory reports.”

In this application round, the ARC and assessors will be able to view grants with outstanding reports in Section D8 for each researcher. If such grants have had approved extensions and as such the Final Report is not overdue then this should be stated in the report within Section G2.

If you have an outstanding Final Report for any project for which you are a named CI, it is your responsibility to ensure this is submitted to the ARC in adequate time prior to your intended submission date to the ARC.


ARC Supporting Documents

The ARC is now required to publish Grant Guidelines and associated documents on GrantConnect, is the Australian Government whole-of-government, centralised, web-based, grant information system. You will need to sign in or create a User Registration account in GrantConnect to access all relevant documentation for Linkage Projects.

If you have any problems using GrantConnect or accessing relevant documentation please contact us at research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or 02 4921 7733.

Please note that the following important information is still available directly through the ARC:

UON


AusIndustry R&D Tax Incentive

Under the R&D Tax Incentive, businesses can offset the cost of eligible R&D that is undertaken by them or through partners such as universities. This could be through eligible expenses in an ARC Linkage Projects grant, contract research, or a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

The R&D Tax Incentive provides a tax offset for eligible companies which reduce the cost and risk to businesses of undertaking R&D, increasing the incentive to invest in research and innovation. The University of Newcastle and Newcastle Innovation are both registered Research Service Providers (RSPs) for this scheme.

Further information on this scheme for researchers and industry can be found at AusIndustry R&D Tax Incentive.


Linkage Project Information Session

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 an information session on the ARC Linkage Project scheme was held. Presenters included Professor Geoffrey Evans, Ms Jane Graham (Industry Program Coordinator, Research Services) and a panel of industry members.

View or download a PDF of the session's Powerpoint presentation -


Rejoinders

Instructions for submitting a Rejoinder in RMS are available on the Rejoinders Information page of the ARC website. Research Services will also email the first named Participants individually with further advice.

You can also download the Rejoinder and Rebuttal Guide (PDF)


Further Information

For further information regarding the Linkage Projects Scheme, please contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au or phone on (02) 4921 7733.


The Special Research Initiatives (SRI) scheme provides funding for new and emerging fields of research and builds capacity in strategically important areas. The ARC currently funds several SRIs in a wide range of research areas.

The objective of the SRI scheme is to support high-quality research which will assist in advancing Australia’s research excellence to be globally competitive and deliver benefits to the community. This extends, but is not limited, to supporting research-related activities which will respond to emerging opportunities or changing priorities.

The SRI scheme provides funding to support: cooperative activities amongst researchers; cooperative development of national and international linkages; cooperative development of innovative research areas; activities aimed at building the scale and focus of research and research training; and other activities that the ARC judges to be consistent with the scheme’s objectives.

Funding may also be used to develop networks and initiate collaborations that would be unlikely to occur otherwise and, where appropriate, disseminate the outcomes of the collaborative activities funded under the scheme.

Funding under the SRI scheme is available to support activities related to high‑quality research in all or any fields of research supported by the ARC.

Applications for SRI funding may be submitted only when invited by the ARC by means of a call for proposal(s) for funding.

Current initiatives

Previous initiatives

Preparing ARC Grants

Preparing ARC Budgets

Information on how to calculate salary costs for your budget can found from our Preparing Research Budgets page.

  • 30% on-costs must be included in all salary requests.
  • Indexation cannot be included.
  • Salary increase due to increase in HEW step levels can be included.

Management of Data

Within the Project Description of your ARC proposal, you will be required to complete a ‘Management of Data’ section.  A Data Management Toolkit is available on the University of Newcastle library website. We recommend contacting your Senior Research Librarian for all data management needs, including assistance with ARC proposals.

RMS auto-population of Research Outputs and ORCID

As part of the ARC’s commitment to integrating ORCID into RMS, it is now possible to auto-populate research output data into ARC RMS profiles and application forms.

For more information on ORCID and your grant application, please see the below resources that the UON Library has kindly developed:


RMS Access

RMS allows researchers requesting funding under the ARC National Competitive Grants Program to prepare and submit proposals electronically via the internet.

Each proposal is completed by researchers and consists of an electronic document generated from a combination of data entered directly into the proposal form, and PDF documents attached to the proposal form in RMS.

Note: The Admin Organisation will be The University of Newcastle

The RMS Funding Announcement Page contains links to key documents such as:

  • RMS User Management Guide
  • Submitting a Proposal in RMS

All new applications as well as final reports will need to be submitted to RMS.

RMS minimum system requirements

RMS is compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Compatibility with different browsers or older versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer is not guaranteed.


ARC Reporting and Eligibility

If you have a current ARC grant with outstanding reports, this may affect your eligibility for current ARC applications. Please see the ARC Reporting Requirements webpage. RMS now has improved functionality to detect and prevent applications from being submitted where any participant has not met their ARC reporting requirements or where project or application limits have been breached.

Please see the scheme-specific Grant Guidelines and the UON ARC Reporting Requirements webpage.


Access to Successful Applications

Research Services can provide researchers with access to view successful applications where the lead Chief Investigator has provided consent.

Applications must be viewed in hard copy in the Research Services office or by arrangement at HMRI.

How to Arrange to View a Successful Application

Contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au to request access to view successful applications for a specific scheme. Please include preferred date(s), time(s) and location.

Confirmation of the date, time and venue will be provided to you by Research Services staff.


Confidentiality and IP

Please note: 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 clearly identify the information as confidential or commercially sensitive by inserting 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."