Up to $2.5M is available from Centres of Research Excellence to improve health outcomes and translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice.

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) grant program supports research which aims to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The CRE grant program will also support researchers in capacity building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.



NHMRC is the Australian Government’s key entity for managing investment in, and integrity of, health and medical research. The CRE grant program is a component of the Portfolio Budget Statement Program 1.1: Health and Medical Research, which contributes to Outcome 1: Improved health and medical knowledge. NHMRC works with stakeholders to plan and design the grant program according to the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 (NHMRC Act) and the CGRGs.

NHMRC awards grants through several research funding programs to advance health and medical knowledge and to improve the health status of all Australians. NHMRC invests in the highest quality research and researchers, as determined through peer review, across the four pillars of health and medical research: biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research.



The specific objectives of the Centres of Research Excellence grant program are 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
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

Centres of Research Excellence will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.



Funding will support three streams:

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Population Health Research
  3. Health Services Research.

The provisional funding allocation for the Centres of Research Excellence grant opportunity is estimated to be up to $35 million. NHMRC’s Research Committee annually reviews and recommends indicative budget amounts to be awarded across individual funding programs.

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for a Centres of Research Excellence grant is $2.5 million. Applications that exceed this limit will be deemed ineligible.


Eligible Projects

NHMRC funding is provided by the Australian Government and administered in accordance with the Funding Agreement. Funding is provided to the Administering Institution, which is responsible for the administration of the grant.

Funding provided by NHMRC for a Research Activity must be spent on a cost directly incurred in relation to that Research Activity.

CRE funds can only be spent on direct costs of research as described in the NHMRC Direct Research Cost Guidelines (see NHMRC website).


Eligible Applicants

Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC-approved Administering Institutions. A list of NHMRC-approved Administering Institutions and NHMRC’s Administering Institution Policy are available on NHMRC’s website.

The Chief Investigator A (CIA) and Administering Institution must ensure applications meet all eligibility requirements, as set out in these guidelines, at the time of submission and for the duration of peer review.  Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements may be ruled ineligible and may be excluded from further consideration.

An eligibility ruling can be made by NHMRC at any stage following the close of applications, including during the peer review process. Where an eligibility ruling is being considered, NHMRC may request further information in order to assess whether the eligibility requirement has been met. Administering Institutions will be notified in writing of ineligible applications and are responsible for advising applicants.



Applications close 5 December 2018.


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