NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

Funding body


Key Dates

Applications open: 18 November 2015
Minimum data requirements: 5pm (AEDT) 16 December 2015
Internal closing date: 4 January 2016
Applications due at NHMRC: 5pm (AEDT) 13 January 2016


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) 16 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 13 January 2016)

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 six CREs in Clinical Research;
  • up to four CREs in Population Health Research;
  • up to four CREs in Health Services Research;
  • one CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research; and
  • a very small number of CRE(s) in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building

The Clinical Research, Population Health Research, Health Services Research and Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building CREs will be of five years duration and funding will not exceed $2.5 million for each Centre.

The CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research will be of five years duration and funding will not exceed $5 million.

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 (TBA)
  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