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,
  • Public 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 $2.5 million per Centre (no budget required by the NHMRC).

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
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human 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

Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding

Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by the Macquarie University submission date.  Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding.  In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme  to support their external funding applications.  To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications for major grant rounds (NHMRC) must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.
  • For further information see FAQs.

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 23 October 2019
Macquarie University submission date: Wednesday 7 November 2019 - All complete applications and requests
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday 21 November 2019
Research Services submission to NHMRC:  Wednesday 5 December 2019
Outcomes expected: mid-2020


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

CRE Guidelines (GO3061)
Grant Proposal Template
Peer Review Guidelines
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines

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

Request an MQRES allocation

CI Certification Wording
AI Certification Wording 


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

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 24 Jun 2020 11:48am

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