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Linkage grant forges connections with cultural heritage

Image: Milpirri, Kurdiji, 2016, Lajamanu Community and Tracks Dance Company, by Peter Eve

Long-term relationships with a remote Aboriginal community formed the cornerstone of a successful ARC bid

Top tips:

  • Long lasting community-based projects can make good candidates for Linkage Projects grants
  • Working with Indigenous communities requires strong pre-existing relationships
  • Build in plenty of travel time for community consultation about the research
  • Spend time refining the proposal to make sure the outcomes meet the goals of both project partners and the community

For Australian university researchers seeking to establish partnerships outside of academia, Linkage Projects grants from the Australian Research Council are often the first port of call. The 2020 round is open with the deadline being 17 December.

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