Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme 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:

  • CRE in Clinical Research;
  • CRE in Health Services Research; and
  • CRE in Population Health Research.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit your CRE application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to obtain an RGMS log on and commence their profile and CV.

Applicants who are not yet registered in RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete CRE application must consist of the following:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the Grant Proposal pdf); and
  2. The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.

Prior to submission of an application for CRE funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • Read all relevant reference material; and
  • Liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key Dates

The key dates for the 2015 CRE funding round are as follows:

  • Wednesday 14 January 2015 – Applications Open
  • Wednesday 4 March 2015 – Minimum Data due 5pm AEDT
  • Wednesday 18 March 2015 – Applications Close 5pm AEDT

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 4 March 2015 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

Key Changes to the CRE applications for 2015

  • The shortlisting process has been replaced by an Applicant Response (Rebuttal) and a Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process.
  • Only Chief Investigators (up to five) listed on a CRE application may attend an interview.

Documentation to Apply for a CRE

These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review, which have also been revised.

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

CRE Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being

Applicant Response (Rebuttal) Dates

The Applicant Response (Rebuttal) process will be introduced to the peer review of CRE applications in 2015 and will replace the previous shortlisting process. The anticipated timing of the release of assessor comments for applicant response is late May/early June 2015. The actual date of release is dependent on the receipt of all assessor reports for the application. Applicants will be notified by email when their assessor comments are available and will have up to 10 days to complete their rebuttal response.

Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) Process

Summary of NFFC process

The Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) process is being introduced into the peer review of CRE applications in 2015. This process identifies the least competitive applications received by NHMRC based on initial scores provided by the primary and secondary spokespersons and aims to remove them from progressing further through to the face-to-face GRP and applicant interview process.

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry to your Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution:

Contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round