NHMRC Centres

NHMRC Centres

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

The specific objectives of the scheme 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; 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 NHMRC will fund Centres of Research Excellence in:

  • Clinical Research,
  • Population Health Research, 
  • Health Services Research,

Applicants nominate the stream that best fits their research proposal, based on the definitions provided within the Funding Rules.


Centres of Research Excellence will be funded for five years at up to $2.5 million per Centre.

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Kerry Todd-Smith

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 8073 (x8073), Faculty Research Manager, Mr Colm Halbert

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Ph 9850 7732 (x7732), Research Office Executive, Mrs Kerry Daniel

Key Dates NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 2 November 2016
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Research Office Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 16 November 2016
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Outcomes expected: TBA

Funding Rules
Instructions to Applicants
RGMS Information and Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
NHMRC Budget Mechanism
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines

Guide to NHMRC Peer Review

MQRES Schedule
Application & Project Lifecycle Information (APLI) Form (formerly MQ Coversheet)
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research  
Application Checklist 


Information and Compliance
Ms Lyn Schedlich / Ms Sarah Horn
Research Proposals Officer
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Consultant
Research Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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