Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme (LIEF)

For Funding Commencing in 2022

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This scheme is CLOSED.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) for funding commencing in 2023 is forecast to open 27 January 2022 and close 6 April 2022. An indicative timeline for the 2022 round is below.

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 2022, either through  the University of Newcastle or through another institution, to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) by 10:00am (AEDST) Monday 2 November 2020.

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), 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 College Assistant Dean (Research) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) approval prior to providing a late NOI for consideration by the DVC (Research & Innovation).

Please note Section 13 – ‘Support from Collaborating Institutions’ and Section 14 – ‘Certifications’ of the University of Newcastle Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) Form must be fully completed for the NOI to be submitted to the DVC(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

For funding commencing in 2023

Please note, the below timeline is indicative only and may be subject to change

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Key Dates
University Notification of Intention to Apply due to Research OfficeTBC
ARC opens Thursday 27 January 2022
Online Booking System Opens Friday 28 January 2022
Eligibility and Compliance Check Period Thursday 17 to Wednesday 23 March 2022
Request Not to Assess due to Research Office 5:00pm Wednesday 16 March 2022
Request Not to Assess due at ARC 5:00pm Wednesday 23 March 2022
UON Deadline for Final Application9:00am  Wednesday 30 March 2022
ARC Submission Deadline 5:00pm Wednesday 6 April 2022

*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

To enable the allocation of appropriate resourcing, bookings must be made prior to the defined scheme Eligibility and Compliance Check period. Access to book an Eligibility and Compliance Check will no longer be available once the Eligibility and Compliance Check period has commenced. This does not apply for schemes with continuous rounds (i.e. ARC Linkage Projects and NHMRC Partnership Projects).

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


Certification Proforma and Other Useful Information

University of Newcastle ARC Written Evidence Certification proformas, Guide to writing the National Interest Test (NIT) Statement, Guide to auto-populate Research Outputs and ORCHID, Preparing budgets and other useful information is available in the ‘Preparing ARC Grants’ accordion on the Linkage Program page.

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 LIEF grants including the Linkage Program Grant Guidelines, Instructions to Applicants and the Sample Application Form.

If you encounter any problems using Grant Connect or accessing any of the relevant documentation, please contact or phone on (02) 492 17733.

University of Newcastle Documents

Further Information

For further information regarding the ARC LIEF scheme, please contact 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.

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