NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 4 December 2013
Minimum data requirements: 5pm 13 January 2014
Citizenship waiver: 13 January 2014
Internal closing date: 7 February 2014
Applications due at NHMRC: 19 February 2014


The objective of funding CREs is to:

  • support the conduct and development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research;
  • promote effective translation of research into health policy and/or practice;
  • foster and build capacity in the health and medical research workforce; and
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

A CRE may be a single physical entity or institute, or be a geographically disparate network linking across more than one institution. Centres are encouraged to collaborate with, and participate in, international research studies.


The CRE Grants are open to all researchers in Australia. Researchers who will be primarily based overseas for the duration of the grant cannot be named as a Chief Investigator A.


Subject to the receipt of competitive applications, the number of CREs to receive funding will be: 

  • up to six CREs in Clinical Research;
  • up to five CREs in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Research;
  • up to four CREs in Population Health Research; and
  • up to four CREs in Health Services Research.

Funding will not exceed $2.5 million for each Centre.

Application Process

  1. Read How to apply for a NHMRC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  2. Contact the Research Grants and Contracts office
  3. Read Sydney Application Process for NHMRC CRE
  4. Review the NHMRC reference material
  5. Access RGMS
  6. Create application in RGMS and submit draft proposal to Research Grants and Contracts by internal closing date
  7. Complete Research Proposal Clearance Form
  8. Submit complete final application by final application due date

Minimum Data Requirements

The specified minimum data must be submitted through the NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) by 5pm Monday 13 January 2014. The minimum data required are:

  • Part A Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • Part A-RT Research Team and Commitment (core team with other members to be listed as TBA if not yet known)
  • Part B-AIR Application Priority Area (special interest area)