The objectives of the LIEF scheme are to:
  •  support excellent basic and applied research and research training through the acquisition of research equipment and infrastructure and access to national and international research facilities; and
  •  encourage Eligible Organisations to develop collaborative arrangements with other Eligible Organisations and/or Partner Organisations for the acquisition and use of research equipment and infrastructure or access to national and international facilities.

Funding and Grant Duration

Funding Level

Minimum $150,000 per year. Maximum 75% of the total direct cost of the eligible budget items.

Funding Duration

One year; or One to five years if the application is for leasing infrastructure, equipment or facilities, the construction of research infrastructure, or subscription or coordinated access to international facilities and major national facilities.

Assessment Criteria

Investigator(s)/Capability – 20%
Project Quality and Innovation – 25%
Fasibility and Strategic Alignment – 25%
Benefit – 10%
Sustainability/Need – 20%

Key Dates for the LIEF scheme

Release of Grant Guidelines: To be advised

Applications open in the ARC RMS system: 24 January 2024

Applications Close to the ARC: 9 April 2024

Please email the Research Grants Team if you are intending to apply for advice on internal due dates

Peer Review

Contact your Faculty ADR/Institute Director or Faculty/Institute Research Manager for advice on peer review programs.

ACU Library – Support for grant applications

ACU Library’s Impact Service can provide evidence of research performance which can be used in grant applications. They can also advise on Research Data Management Plans and Open Access requirements.

Researchers can request a consultation with a Senior Librarian by emailing the following:

Education and Arts –

Health Sciences –

Law and Business –

Theology and Philosophy –

ACU eResearch

Support for grant applications

The ACU eResearch team can assist with:

  • Development of research data management plans
  • Development of estimates for the IT components of grant applications
  • Calculation of inā€kind contributions based on Intersect services, such as high performance computing (HPC) and consultation/advice
  • Advice on research data storage
  • Advice on research computing platforms
  • Advice on research tools and applications

The eResearch team can be contacted via email

Documents and Resources


Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) webpage

LIEF factsheet (PDF,259KB)

LIEF Grant Guidelines 2022 edition (PDF,1.6MB)

Instructions to Applicants – (To be added when the scheme opens)

Sample Application Form - (To be added when the scheme opens)

Discovery Program Draft Grant Agreement - (To be added when the scheme opens)

Frequently Asked Questions – (To be added when the scheme opens)

RMS User Guide - Requesting and Maintaining an RMS User Account (PDF, 1.55MB)

RMS User Guide – Submitting an Application in RMS (PDF, 1.98MB)

RMS User Guide – Submitting a Request Not to Assess (PDF, 622KB)

Australian Government Science and Research Priorities

Medical Research Policy

Articulating National Interest in grant applications

ARC College of Experts


How to Submit a Project Registration Online Form (PROF) in Orion (PDF, 927KB)

Pre-Award Salaries Calculator (XLSX, 319KB)

ACU Academic Staff and Professional Staff salaries


As part of the ARC assessment process the assessment comments provided by external assessors are made available to applicants prior to the final assessments being conducted by the Selection Advisory Committee. The rejoinder process then allows applicants to respond to assessment comments made by external assessors.

ARC Rejoinder information

Instructions for accessing assessments and submitting your rejoinder text in RMS (PDF, 610KB)


For support with research funding, please contact the research grants team:

T: +61 2 9739 2530

Page last updated on 23/10/2023

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