NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 11 November 2015
Minimum data requirements: 5pm (AEDT) 2 December 2015
Internal closing date: 2 December 2015
Applications due at NHMRC: 5pm (AEDT) 16 December 2015


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.

Minimum Data Requirements 

Applicants are reminded that they must commence their proposal in RGMS by 5pm (AEDT) 2 December 2015. There are minimum data requirements that must be in place at this time, these are as follows:

  • A-PA Home (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title and Synopsis)
  • A-RC Research Classification
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment including the names of team members if known (note: team members may be added or deleted after the minimum data deadline until the close of applications at 5:00PM on 18 March 2015)
  • B-APA Application Priority Area (if applicable)

Please note: Failure to meet this deadline will result in the application not proceeding.


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

  • up to XX CREs in Clinical Research;
  • up to XX CREs in Population Health Research;
  • up to XX CREs in Health Services Research; and
  • up to XX in *

Any successful applications in the area of Indigenous Health and Well-being will be funded from within the Clinical, Health Services and Population Health Research streams. CREs will be of five years duration and funding will not exceed $2.5 Million for each Centre. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources, including for the indirect costs of research.

* The second round of Centres of Research Excellence for 2015 (for funding in 2016) is likely to include two additional streams. These are:

  • CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research
  • CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building

Application Process

  1. Read How to apply for a NHMRC scheme and Prepare a proposal before you start
  2. Submit your Notice of Intent to Sophie Carruthers by 9 October 2015
  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