NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

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

Guide for NHMRC Applicants on Macquarie Approvals Process Through PURE

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 Research Services 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 Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

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

Key Dates

Notification Of Intent (NOI)
Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application. After completing this NOI, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.

NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 24 October 2018
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 7 November 2018 - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Research Services submission to NHMRC:  Wednesday 5 December 2018
Outcomes expected: TBA


Note: NHMRC locates all their Scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.

CRE Guidelines
Guidance to Applicants
RGMS Information and Offline Forms
Grant Proposal Template
Peer Review Guidelines
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines

Guide to NHMRC Peer Review

MQRTP Scholarship Schedule
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist

2018 Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) Scheme
Request an MQRES allocation

NHMRC Chief Investigator Certification Email Template
NHMRC Associate Investigator Certification Email Template 


Information and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Strategic Advice
Ms Courtney Bendall
Research Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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