The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical research, health services research and public health research.

The objective of the CRE scheme is 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 intended outcomes of the CRE 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
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

Funding will support three streams:

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Health Services Research
  3. Public Health Research.

Peer review of CRE grants

In 2023, the CRE panel meetings will occur by videoconference.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years
Level of funding
CREs in Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health Research – $2,500,000

Key changes

Applicants should note the following changes to the CRE 2023 Guidelines:

  • CRE stream definitions (section 2) have been updated to align with revised NHMRC broad research area definitions.
  • 'Top 10 Publications' (Appendix C section 6.6) has been added. Applicants are asked to list their top 10 publications from the last 10 years, taking into account career disruptions. Applicants' full publication list from the last 5 years will no longer be provided to peer reviewers for assessment.
  • 'Grant Proposal' requirements (Appendix C section 6.8) have been updated.



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