ARC Linkage Projects Resource Page 2019

Proposals submitted in 2019

The Linkage Project scheme is  to promote national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders. The scheme provide funding of $50,000 to $300,000 per year for two to five years to support research and development projects which;

  • are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system
  • are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and 
  • involve risk and innovation.

Project funding can be used for personnel i.e research associates or assistants and technicians and stipend for higher degree by research students, teaching relief, access to research and infrastructure facilities and technical workshop services, essential field research, expert third party services, equipment and consumables, publication and dissemination of outputs and outreach, specialised computer equipment and software, travel costs essential to the project, web development, workshops, focus groups, and conference.

UNSW Internal Deadlines for ARC Linkage Project applications (2019)

UNSW will submit Linkage Project applications to the ARC with three rounds per year. Applications will not ordinarily be submitted by the Research Grants and Contracts Office (RGC) outside the hard internal deadlines below.

We recommend you commence the application on RMS as soon as possible. RMS can be accessed directly at This will enable the Research Grants and Contracts (RGC) and Research Strategy Office (RSO) to track your progress and ensure that you have all the strategic, and eligibility and compliance support you need.

UNSW Internal Deadlines for ARC Linkage Project application (2019)

Round Submission of applications due to GMO Final Applications due to GMO GMO Submits to ARC
Round 1 2019  Monday 13 May 2019 Tuesday 28 May 2019 Friday 31 May 2019
Round 2 2019 Monday 19 August 2019 Tuesday 3 September 2019 Friday 6 September 2019
Round 3 2019 Monday 14 October 2019 Monday 28 October 2019 Thursday 31 October 2019

*Please note: UNSW has a hard internal deadline for submission of final application to GMO of 5pm Monday 28 October 2019

UNSW will not be conducting compliance reviews or submitting any Linkage applications to the ARC in the following periods;

  • In November or December 2019
  • From 20 January to 16 March 2020

UNSW Internal Deadlines for ARC Linkage Project application (2020)

Round Submission of applications due to GMO Final Applications due to GMO GMO Submits to ARC 
Round 1 2020 Monday 23 March 2020 Monday 6 April 2020 Thursday 9 April 2020
Round 2 2020 Monday 13 July 2020 Monday 27 July 2020 Thursday 30 July 2020
Round 3 2020 Monday 12 October 2020 Monday 26 October 2020 Thursday 29 October 2020


Linkage Resource Page Contents

  • Contacts and Support 
  • GMO Successful Grant Library 
  • Research Strategy Office – ARC Linkage Projects upcoming Seminar series
  • Request Not to Access
  • ARC Documentation
  • Strategic Templates
  • Application Toolkit and Budget Resources
  • ARC Medical Research Policy 
  • Using RMS

Compliance & Eligibility Advice (Grants Management Office | GMO)

You will be advised on the details of your individual Compliance Advisor shortly after commencing your application on RMS. All intending applicants should initiate an application on RMS or contact your Grants Officer  as soon as possible. As soon as your Proposal is ready for Compliance and Eligibility Review (all sections in RMS Completed) Submit the proposal to the GMO via RMG by clicking on "Submit to the Research Office" button.This will enable the RSO and GMO to track your process and ensure that you have all the advice and eligibility and compliance support you need. Note that the ARC will not respond directly to enquiries from researchers – they request and expect that enquiries are made through the Grants Management Office. For RMS technical issues, please contact the GMO Systems Team-

Application Development Support

Up to $5,000 may be made available by the Division of Research to support ARC LP application development and submission for expenses such as writing, editing, budget preparation and/or travel to establish partnerships. To apply for funding please send details of your proposed expenditure to Debbie Docherty, Director, Research Grants and Contracts at prior to incurring any costs to request approval and payment arrangements.


  • this funding is provided on the basis that a Linkage application is submitted to the ARC. Funding will be recovered if a submission does not proceed.
  • this funding is not available for a second submission following an unsuccessful outcome.

Strategic Advice (Research Strategy Office | RSO)

The Research Strategy Office is available for strategic advice on the scope, nature and suitability of any proposed project, how to address the selection criteria including track record, and general grantsmanship advice. Researchers are encouraged to discuss their project with the RSO at the early stages of their application process as fundamental issues are difficult to resolve late in the process. Please send any component of your proposal for strategic advice, as a Word file, to

GMO Successful Grants Library

The Grants Management Office houses a digital library of successful UNSW applications for a wide range of schemes, including ARC DP Projects. Consulting successful grant applications and rejoinders, can provide ideas on structuring your proposal and a better understanding of the level at which your proposal should be pitched.

Conditions for viewing successful Grants:

  • Access is restricted to UNSW employees and students. You must bring your current UNSW Staff ID card with you when you visit the library.
  • The applications may only be viewed at the Grants Management Office. Grants will be viewed digitally, but no part of the application is permitted to be printed, digitally copied nor photographed. You may take notes.

Make an appointment to visit the Library:
Email your request to, from your UNSW email account, including the following information:

  1. Name, position and school/Faculty (e.g. your UNSW email signature)
  2. The scheme(s) you would like to view (e.g. "ARC Discovery Projects")
  3. Scheduling requirements, preferred date and time: morning or afternoon

Bookings are essential, to ensure availability please request a booking 2 working days prior to the time you would like to visit the library.

Request Not to Assess (RNTA) Process

Applicants may name up to three person potential assessors whom they do not wish to assess their Proposal by submitting a Request Not to Assess Form. (RNTA)

In extraordinary circumstances, the ARC may consider a request for more than three persons only if direct and comprehensive evidence justifying the exclusion of each named person can be provided. However, the ARC has now clarified that if they consider the evidence insufficient for one or more of the named people in any request of more than three, the whole RNTA may be rejected, including the initial three.

In addition if a person nominated on a Request Not To Assess form is an ARC College of Experts Member, comprehensive evidence justifying the exclusion of the College Member will also be required - Check the complete list of ARC College of Experts

Research Management Systems (RMS)


RMS is a web-based system used to prepare and submit research applications, assessments and rejoinders for all Australian Research Councils Grant Programs. Registered users can login in using your email address and password at To request a new account, go to and click on the Request New Account link.

Key documents and links

How to Access and Update your Personal profile:

Login to RMS 2.0
On your home screen, known as the ‘Action Centre’, find the ‘Person Profile’ section
Click on each of the Personal Profile sections in turn (‘Personal Details’, ‘Qualifications’ and ‘Employment’) and enter your details where any fields are blank.

How to Request a New Account:

If you have never had an RMS account, visit the RMS 2.0 homepage and click “request new account”. A new screen will appear where you can enter your details.

  1. Under “Admin Organisation”, select “The University of New South Wales”. This allows UNSW to administer your account and track your proposal once you commence an application
  2. Once you complete your details and click “register” at the bottom of the screen, you will be sent an automatic email asking you to validate your email address. Click the link to confirm your address.
  3. Your request will be sent to the GMO and ARC for approval. This may take several business days.
  4. Once approved, you will receive an automatic email with instructions for setting up your password. Once this is complete, you will be able to log in to RMS 2.0 and begin setting up your personal profile.

Step by step screen shots of the above processes and additional user instructions are available at the ARC RMS 2.0 Information Page or access RMS User Guide

For RMS technical issues, please contact the Systems Team-

New feature in RMS - Research Output auto-population in RMS

From November 2018, researchers will be able to auto-populate their research output data into their ARC RMS person profiles and application forms. This auto-population could occur a number of ways including exporting data from ORCID and BibTeX, using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to automatically harvest output metadata. 

See Research Outputs in RMS - User Guide for Maintaining Research Outputs in your RMS Profile

Adding your ORCID iD

From November 2018 researchers will be able to auto-populate their research output data into their ARC RMS person profiles and application forms.

What does this mean for researchers?

Your RMS ‘Person Profile’ will be enhanced to include your research output data. Your research output data will be harvested from ORCID by authenticating your ORCID ID in RMS and adding the ARC as a trusted party.

You can choose to enter the data manually, or alternatively, use the ‘bulk upload’ facility. Once the data is entered into your RMS person profile, it can be used to auto-populate proposals without having to manually create and update your documents each time you submit a project proposal.

These changes are now in place and all RMS users will be able to auto-populate their research output data in RMS, this will allow researchers to add their research output data from their ORCID profile directly into their Discovery Projects (DP) scheme 2020 application forms.

Application Toolkit and Budget Resources

You will be required to use your UNSW zID and password to access these documents

  • RSO presentation (5 February 2019) - Knowing your Assessors
  • Salary Scales for Grant Budgeting - Details of UNSW Salary Scales. Use these worksheets to budget academic, professional and casual salaries with appropriate on-costs for 2020.
  • The 2018/2019 ATO Rates can act as a guide for sourcing travel rates and indicate the maximum amount permitted. You should only request what you know you need - ATO rates are primarily aimed at business travel and as such, may seem high for some destinations. If you have experience travelling to certain areas and thus know what a realistic figure would be, this should be used in place of the ATO rates.
  • UNSW preferred Travel agents: Voyager, STA, Campus and Anywhere Travel. Travel booked via UNSW preferred suppliers are automatically loaded into MyTrips.
  • Commercial airlines / travel sites / other travel agents: Travellers my book directly with airlines or through other travel sites e.g. or If travel is booked through these sites, then you must record your travel details in MyTrips as the University is required to maintain a record of where travellers are at any time.
  • Mark Wainwright Analytics Centre - The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is part of the Division of Research.  We manage major instrumentation used by researchers for the study of the structure and composition of biological, chemical and physical materials.  Our facilities are housed in custom-built laboratories, mainly in the Lowy, Wallace Wurth and Chemical Sciences buildings.The Centre's major Research Facilities are accessible to all staff and students of UNSW, as well as to external researchers. Government and industry users are also welcome. Staff of the Centre provide research collaboration, technical support, education and training to researchers accessing the facilities.
  • UNSW Stats Central is available to provide a free statistical review of 2019 grant proposals. All applicants are strongly advised to make use of this service. Stats Central  is UNSW’s statistical consulting and collaboration unit, a Strategy 2025 initiative based in the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre. The unit offers free study design advice to UNSW researchers, and applications are allocated to a suitable reviewer by Dr Nancy Briggs. It is advised that you consult with a statistician as early as possible when preparing design/analysis aspects of your grant proposal, ideally before you start writing it. Before submitting for review, you can also consult checklists which provide guidelines on statistical design and presentation of research data for publication, for example:

  • Research Technology Services - Data Management - It is important for you to maintain good data management records and practices with considerations about proper data storage, access, retention and reuse. Having good data management records and practices allows you to uphold the quality and integrity of your data, which contributes to maximising the impact of your research. The ResData system allows you to create an Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) to capture project details, data classification, IP and copyright, arrangements including but not limited to data storage, access and re-use. Creating an RDMP on the ResData system also allows you to provision storage on the Data Archive, a secure, long-term data storage solution for UNSW researchers. You are strongly encouraged to start an RDMP on the ResData system at the beginning of your project, and continue to keep it up-to-date until the end of your project.

Additional resources can be found on the Grant Application and Management Resource page 


ARC Medical Research Policy

(Version 2018.1 is effective from 11 September 2018)

The ARC definition of medical and health research includes laboratory-based studies, clinical studies and group/community-based studies that aim to understand the causes, treatment and/or prevention of human diseases and/or the maintenance of human health. The ARC does not fund Discovery Projects with these aims.
Applications will be considered ineligible for funding under the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program if they include pre-clinical or clinical medical or health research, including investigations in which humans, animals, or their tissues are used to assess new treatments (including chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic, mechanical, bioengineering treatments), interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat, understand, diagnose or manage a human disease or medical condition.

Please review the full ARC Medical Policy, if you have any questions contact the Research Grants and Contracts.