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.

NOTE: In 2017, NHMRC CRE is partnering with beyondblue to offer a funding opportunity in the following area of research:

  • The CRE in Childhood Adversity and Associated Depression and Anxiety

Researchers applying in this specific funding area must submit their application under the Health Services Research stream.


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

Major Initiatives Notice of Intent (NOI)
Applicants should notify the University of their intent to apply for major initiatives through the NOI form. The NHMRC CRE is a major initiative and the NOI form applies to this scheme. The NOI form allows intending applicants to request resource support in the development of their bid. Note: The NOI allows only for resource requests for application development. For  resourcing support to be included as a Macquarie University contribution in the CRE grant application, please use the DVCR Co-Funding application form.

NHMRC opening date in RGMS: Wednesday 25 October 2017
Faculty deadline: Wednesday 15 November 2017
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Research Services Compliance Check deadline: Wednesday 22 November 2017
NHMRC closing date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
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

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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